When a lot of women hear the words bad boy, their thoughts immediately go to some tattooed, tall, dark, mysterious man with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and a motorcycle between his thighs, but this is utter fantasy, there really aren't a lot of bad boys that fit that bill these days, it's not 1950 anymore.
These days the average bad-boy has his pants hanging down too far, gaps in his teeth, probably has a few tattoos, and maybe a criminal record story to go with them, and I would imagine that he could have a drug problem too. When he gets old, he will have a beer gut and he will be balding, if he lives that long. Not that sexy, and certainly not what women are lusting after to my knowledge.
There is also the thought that women are attracted to bad boys because they are dangerous, forbidden and confident. If your idea of dangerous is being chased by the law, drug muling or developing a penchant for crack, then, well yeah, bad boys can be exciting and dangerous. They can also be forbidden when you are struggling to get visitation rights at a maximum security prison, and there's nothing like an arrogant over-confident douche-bag to get a women's juices really flowing.
To be honest, I really don't think that women are that attracted to bad boys anymore. Maybe the idea of what a bad boy is, but the realities are just so blah that no sane woman would ever contemplate taking one on seriously. I think women are far more attracted to power and potency than bad boys as such.
Not that many bad boys have power and potency in abundance these days. Sure there may still be some bad boys out there dropping chick's knickers at an alarming rate, but I think that most nice girls are looking for more stability than that. They want a guy that isn't interested in continual personal endangerment, they would prefer that he has some kind of a stable job and that he generally takes a bit of pride in himself. Good girls want a man that will also do their best to take care of them, and bad boys are not generally known to embody much care for the needs of other in general.
Good girls really don't take bad boys seriously anymore, the bad boy image has become an archaic dream. When James Dean and Marlon Brando were making girls go gaga by wearing leather and being reckless in fast vehicles, things were a bit simpler. It was a time when even the baddest of boys could still get employment at the local factory and earn a buck, none of them were addicted to drugs or sugar which meant that they had their own teeth and could get better, not worse, with age, and their idea of bad was just a few bad choices by today's standards.
Today bad boys are not sexy, they are mostly douche-bags and losers. Every smart, young lady knows that bad boy, douche-bag types come in dozens, and no matter how cool or exciting they may seem, they need to have other important attributes to be considered keepers. Looking cool, playing in a band and doing reckless things just aren't enough anymore. Good girls demand a hell of a lot more than that now.
So, in light of all that, I ask again, do good girls really still like bad boys? I'm going to say, yes. Yes, I think that they probably do still like them, but they just don't take they very seriously anymore, those days are truly over. Being bad just ain't what it used to be.
Release Date: 1990
Running Time: 85 mins
A musical romance written and directed by John Waters, that is an ode to the 1950's rebel genre. A nod to a time when rock and roll music, motorcycles and leather jackets were outraging parents and setting teenage girl's hearts on fire.
Set in 1954, in Baltimore, a subculture group called the "drapes" is constantly rubbing the "squares" up the wrong way, especially when their notorious and rebellious leader "Cry Baby" Wade Walker hooks up with one of the nicest girls in town, Allison.
Johnny Depp is perfectly cast here as Cry Baby, hamming it up and playing the role of the handsome 'bad boy' juvenile delinquent with a lot of humour. And although this is just another 'why do good girls like bad boys?' love story; it is fun, fresh and quirky in the way that only John Waters movies can be.
Keep your eyes peeled for all of the cameos that pop their heads up along the way here, including Iggy Pop and even Traci Lords. This film is so odd that it actually works; don't take it seriously, just sit back and enjoy the music and the fabulous rockabilly fashions that have made this film into the cult classic that it is today.
FINAL SAY: I'm so tired of being good.
3 Chili peppers