A little rough edge is fine, throw in a healthy dose of intimidation, and a touch of attitude and you're golden. What say guys, you up for it?

I’ve always found that a woman who looks like she might cut me if I say the wrong thing adds a level of excitement to a relationship and translates exceptionally well into other aspects of my life. When I first met my wife Karel, she was tending bar in a dive in lower Manhattan. During one of my first visits to the establishment, a guy she was serving got a little handsy, and she hit him in the head with the small pile of change he had been leaving as tips. My wife has excellent aim. It was like a Disney cartoon when blue birds and pink hearts appear around Daisy Duck as Donald Duck realizes he’s falling in love with her: I was Donald, and my snarling, cursing, change-hurling future wife was Daisy.

I love a challenge, I love strength, I love independence and sexuality and a definite mean streak. But I also understand that there are guys who feel differently. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter if you’re good or bad, innocent or guilty, a cartoon duck or a flesh-and-blood real estate agent, there is someone out there who is going to love you for who you are. So be confident in who you are, because the minute you start worrying about what guys like me and my esteemed colleague want is the minute you’ll end up with a person who is completely wrong for you.

via Counterpoint: Why Real Men Like Their Women Bad to the Bone - Love + Sex on Shine.