David Cowan, a cabinet maker, isn’t suprised that a recent survey has shown women prefer tradies over metrosexuals.
David Cowan, a cabinet maker, isn’t suprised that a recent survey has shown women prefer tradies over metrosexuals. CATHY ADAMS

Tradies win out in sex appeal stakes

SOME men can glide through an executive meeting, others know how to slide through hardwood; but only one type of man is wooing the ladies.

A recent poll carried out by more than 700 female members of RSVP.com.au, Australia's largest online dating site, saw 93 per cent of respondents saying they would like to date a tradie.

Almost half the women surveyed said they believed tradesmen were 'more relaxed and fun than men in stuffy suits'.

The survey results came as no surprise to 24-year-old Casino-based tradie David Cowan.

“Its just general knowledge that the ladies prefer tradies,” he said.

“Girls seem to like the rough and dirty look, and like the fact that you are good with your hands.”

David is far from metrosexual and getting him in formal wear for big occasions isn't easy.

“I own one suit and only wear it to weddings and race days,” he said.

RSVP's customer support director Lija Jarvis said these survey results were a clear indication that the time of the metrosexual was over.

“Australian women want real men, guys with a sense of humour, an outdoorsy attitude and a man who is prouder of his tools, not his tie collection,” she said.

“Women are over sharing their hair products, moisturisers and mirror time.

“Clearly, it's sexier to know how to fix a tap or change a tyre.”

Casino real estate agent Jay Gibson doesn't agree.

“There will always be a certain type of woman who will always choose more metrosexual men,” he said.

The twenty-year-old loves getting up and putting on a suit for work each morning, and knows the difference between Armani and Gucci.

He fits the bill of a bona-fide metrosexual, but isn't put off by the survey results.

“I think we are a niche and able to provide women with more in-depth conversation than tradies,” he said.

According to survey results the appeal to single women of a tradie lies predominately in sex appeal, with 'sexy and strong' being the most popular reason (28 per cent), followed by 'not afraid to get their hands dirty' (20 per cent) as well as 'handy around the house and garden' (15 per cent).

When asked which of the tradies they thought were sexist, builders came out on top with 47 per cent of the vote followed by chippies with 21 per cent.

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