We saved it for sociopaths and historical figures like Machiavelli and Napolean.Female examples were rare, and generally found in fiction: Rebecca of the Daphne Du Maurier novel, Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard.
Women are attracted to men for a whole host of reasons, and struggle with the question of how to read a guy’s intentions.
We don’t want to have sex too soon and lose his respect, but we don’t want to hold out so long that he seeks satisfaction elsewhere.
For women, it’s critical to observe a man’s character over a period of time to assess his willingness to enter into a committed relationship.
Character is very important in women too, but men are primarily drawn to women via physical attraction.
Their interest in a woman is immediate upon seeing her, and she may wield considerable power over him based on her sexual attractiveness.