Originally Posted by Chris9809
While I agree with most of what you said Jude, I have to wonder, what about fetishes? I mean sure a lot of women would prefer a thin, healthy male over a potentially unhealthy obese male, but that isn't always the case. As a rather large man myself, I've dated women who, while rather fit themselves, just preferred the "big boys" as it was often put. Often an attribute they were fond of was the feeling of being protected, where a smaller guy they claimed nearly unanimously they felt like they would have to defend him, not the other way around.
I suppose people with other fetishes such as feet, or something would potentially be more of a "case by case" basis or something. I had a friend who actually dated a girl due to her having pretty feet (apparently she wore sandals their first date).
I think there is a lot of behavioral-stimulus learned responses that cause fetishes.