I think some of the difference is that while women might be even harsher on looks, what they actually find attractive can stray further away from the traditionally attractive than men, on the average. In other words, they can kiss a frog and if there's that something-something spark in his kiss or his smell or personality all combined he suddenly looks like a handsome prince even if before that she would never ever find him attractive on a purely physical level. With men, it's more often that what they find attractive is what they find attractive and personality won't make them bend their standards as much, whatever they are. OK, maybe a little but not as much as with women. Not saying that they have to have traditionally attractive women, but that they are less able to kiss a female frog and have her turn into a princess. Either she's beautiful to him on a purely physical level from the get-go or forget it. The spark they feel comes more from physical type than for women. Personality only adds to it. That said, men run the gamut on what their purely physical preferences are. Mr. Yeah No likes short shapely brunettes and is pretty forgiving on the weight issue (thank goodness because that describes me, LOL). But that just happens to be his physical type. He would NEVER go gaga over a tall leggy blonde no matter how wonderful she might be as a person. I find that amazing because I have found all sorts of men attractive depending on their personalities and that "spark" of chemistry in other ways between us. Tall, short, blonde, brunette, heavy, thin, you name it.