Do Looks Really Matter? 8 Confessions from Real Guys

The men of the Guy Talk message board say, it's time to throw away your cover-up and painful suck-it-all-in stockings! When one woman asked what this group of real guys think about older women, the results could not have been more positive. In fact, their only gripe was with anyone who would let age bring her confidence level down. Shaking your head in disbelief? Read eight guys' honest opinions here:

As we get older, do looks really matter to men? --iVillager lovelove555

"When you love someone, looks are not important at all. I know that a woman's beauty isn't just what she looks like on the outside because a very wise and wonderful woman I know said it best: 'I don't love you because you're perfect. You're perfect because I love you.'" --Kevin, aka iVillager kdawg556

"When I was nearing 40, I realized that fewer college girls were receiving my double takes, but more of their moms were. Attitude? Carriage? Maturity equals sensuality? Who knows? Interesting to observe, though." --iVillager tinhorn

"Perfection isn't a requirement, but attractiveness is. Physical attractiveness alone doesn't do well in the long term if a woman is boring, self-centered or irresponsible. I am endlessly amazed at how many women think that looking more attractive can be done through a 'makeover.' If men did these women's makeovers, they would probably try to make women more fun, more relaxed, more casual and in better physical shape." --iVillager captiveshark

"Looks are for sex. Character is for love. Think of men -- 99.9 percent don't have pin-up bodies! The women I find beautiful are different from those the guy next door craves. The less I watch television or movies and read magazines, the more attractive I find the women I meet every day. I find certain 35-year-old mothers of three far more sexually attractive now than when they were in their early 20s because they radiate a generous spirit that far outweighs any slight rounding." --iVillager rhysj

"Looks do matter when it comes to getting to that point of being in love. If you're pretty but you're finding that the men you seek are only interested in 'perfection,' then you are attracted to the wrong men. Also, women do not seem to be very good at evaluating female beauty. For example, the last memorable woman I saw was in a photograph in our newspaper two days ago. She was the topic of a human interest column. She was out golfing, and got teamed up with a young teenaged boy who gave her a few tips on the game. Anyway, she's 48, and was obviously no Barbie doll, but it was a really nice story; she had great eyes, hair and smile; and I've spent the last couple of days trying to decide whether or not I should try to get in touch with her since the columnist is a friend of a friend. On the flip side, I was at a fancy mall yesterday, full of thin 20-somethings, blondes with makeup and fancy clothes, each more forgettable than the one before her." --iVillager cl-sylvie369

"Yes, looks matter, but everyone's preferences are different, so I would not worry about it. When two people are in love and grow old together, they will only see the person that they love, and that person will remain beautiful to them." --Todd, aka iVillager joeaverage334

"Every day I see the stick-women in the gym. They don't break a sweat, and are very easy to ignore. The woman I want to talk to is the one with a flush on her cheeks, the sweat pouring off her and a smile on her face. She is working hard no matter how she looks. More often than not, she is a working mother, and she is working on herself for her. When a woman has that confidence, or the courage to work on herself to gain that confidence, it shows." --iVillager harley_ridn_monk

"I met my fiancée online, so I didn't know what to expect before I made my way to meet her. I suppose I should consider myself lucky that when she opened her door, she was as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside because, in all honesty, it was already too late to change my mind. My heart was in charge by then. She'll always know that when I placed the ring on her finger, it was for who she is, not who she resembles." --iVillager jimi_d

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