In my youth I had a huge crush on Moonbeam McSwine, the backwoods beauty who wallowed in mud among hogs in the old comic strip L’il Abner. In my eyes, she far outshined Daisy Mae, Abner’s pure-hearted blonde sweetheart. I still rank the curvaceous but unkempt hillybilly hottie the sexiest comic strip character of all time. Yet, paradoxically, If I went on a blind date with a woman and noticed she had dirty ears, it would be a deal-killer!
So, how important is hygiene and grooming in attractiveness? In ancient Rome, a senator’s daughter might find a sweaty, blood-covered gladiator more alluring than the fellow in the clean white toga in the seat beside her. And a woman of today might find a blue-collar lug with a little dirt under his fingernails more appealing than a metrosexual with a fresh manicure. Is dirty ever sexy? Weigh in with your answer below.