Are ‘Taken’ Men Sexier?

It’s human nature to covet what we can’t have…


The man sitting across from me is in every single woman’s husband wish list: smart, charming, attractive, successful. His style of dress is very GQ, and his conservative suit with the artsy purple tie tells women he is responsible yet spontaneous. The gold band around his ring finger reflects the harsh light of the commuter rail — blinding, but not binding. So what if he’s married? His wife is no more real to me than Santa Claus. Like many women, I want the unattainable man. But what is it that makes the unattainable so desirable?

Are ‘Taken’ Men Sexier?

It’s human nature to covet what we can’t have. When we diet and restrict certain types of food, the desire for what is denied us becomes unbearable. The taken man is the chocolate cake of dating — sinful yet simultaneously irresistible.

Some women also love to compete with each other. We can thank messed up lessons from Disney for that!

“If a woman who knows you’re spoken for comes on to you, it’s flattering. It’s tempting. But remember that she’s doing it to feed her own ego, not yours. She wants to see how much power she holds over you. And if you take her bait, she then knows she must be superior in every way to your sweetie. Deep down, she has nothing but contempt for both your male weakness and your mate’s existence. That should really piss you off.” Men’s Health Magazine

In short, a committed man is appealing for just that reason: he’s committed to a relationship.

Are ‘Taken’ Men Sexier?

Women have been trained, since childhood (think: Disney) to compete with each other…

There’s also the other woman to think about. It’s one thing to get involved with a man who slips his ring in his back pocket every time a cute pair of Manolos walk by, but it’s quite another to knowingly pursue someone who’s clearly marked territory. Being cheated on hurts, and if getting a lump of coal in your stocking isn’t enough to deter you, then the guilt you’d feel after intentionally causing his wife pain definitely should be.

We assume that a man who’s in a serious relationship with someone must have a lot to offer. The fact that he’s so desired by someone else (and that’s doubly true if that someone else is viewed as a catch herself) makes him all the more attractive to the other woman. In this day and age where many men fear commitment more than a root canal without pain-killers, a loving husband is a rare gem. What women tend to forget is that that same attribute which makes them attractive isn’t very compatible with their intent to lead them astray.

Are ‘Taken’ Men Sexier?I’ve never been the man-stealing type, but I’ve certainly had more than a few friends who were all-too-eager to throw their panties in the ring. Some did it for a narcissistic ego-boost (if I can tear him away from his wife and kids then I must be really special), others did it because they have intimacy issues (if the person can’t commit to you then you don’t need to commit to them).

Years ago, I had a friend named Sally. She was cute, fun, had a great personality, and could attract practically any man she wanted. She also had serious relationship with her boyfriend Danny. She said she loved him and they always talked about marriage and their future. For some reason (ego and insecurity is my best guess) Sally always found herself seeking attention from other males within our friend group; she was particularly interested in one man named Gary, who was (at the time) happily married.

Are ‘Taken’ Men Sexier?

Her ego was constantly getting the best of her

Just like Scarlett O’Hara, she always wanted the one she couldn’t have. Granted, Gary’s wife Carla was a bit lacking when it came to having a pleasant personality, but perhaps that was because Sally was always trying to blatantly flirt with Gary. These flirtations fueled Carla’s anxiety, insecurity, and general contempt for Sally and other women who could be a “threat”. Carla’s attitude towards Sally, in turn, gave Sally more motivation to continue flirting.

I realize now, looking back, that sure, Sally found Gary physically attractive, but it was all just a game to see how much she could tempt him and control the situation. If Gary had given in to Sally’s actions, the thrill of the chase for Sally would have come to an abrupt end.

Gary actually eventually called Sally out about what was happening due to the fact that Carla constantly complained to him about Sally’s actions. Naturally, Sally denied any wrongdoing which fueled a public fight between Sally and Carla, and Danny and Gary.

The two couples’ friendship dissipated after that confrontation, and eventually they had to stop hanging out together, changing the dynamics of the entire friend group. Not only were friendships ruined, but good memories were lost as well.

Are ‘Taken’ Men Sexier?

My friend Sally knew it was flattering to Gary to make him feel wanted by her. Of course a man would be tempted, but Gary knew Sally was playing a game. A self-indulgent, ego boosting game. Sally didn’t care about making Gary feel good about himself; she did it because she needed to see how much power she could exercise over Gary in comparison to Carla. And because Sally found something in Carla that was threatening to her, Sally chose to channel her inner temptress by exercising the power of her sexuality to ensure she had the upper hand.

Even if temptation is given into, far more often than not, the husband won’t ever seriously consider leaving his wife. The grass is greener on the other side… but only for a moment, then reality sets back in!

Even if Gary had entertained the idea of giving in to temptation with Sally, he was right to get angry (as was Carla) and expose Sally’s bad behavior. Carla was right to bring the situation up to her husband, she was right to be mad at Sally, and she was right to be able to confront Sally once the situation was brought to light. Ultimately, Sally didn’t care about either of her “friends”, nor did she seem to care much about her serious boyfriend Danny – or herself for that matter.

Are ‘Taken’ Men Sexier?

It’s about ego and power, not the man

When you boil it all down, some people are simply competitive and some can’t resist a challenge regardless of the destructive fallout (I bet I could get you to leave her if you could have me instead).

While the pursuit of the unattainable man can be a thrilling challenge, the end result always ends up in heartache; one cannot unattach anything without ripping some seams. And in the event you are successful and end up attaining the unattainable, there is bound to be distrust on both sides.

Even if temptation is given into, far more often than not, the husband won’t ever seriously consider leaving his wife.  The grass is greener on the other side… but only for a moment, then reality sets back in!

For him, there’s the fear that you’re not the type who respects relationships, and that it might extend to your own. For you, well, you know for certain that the man you’re with has cheated at least once, but unlike Santa, will never know for certain if he’s been bad or good…

If you’re feeling tempted, keep these tips in mind:

  1. If he seems too good to be true – he is. If he seems perfect, just remember that he’s not. Remember that he will not be emotionally available, which is what you will be wanting most, because he is already taken. No man in the world has enough sensitivity to distribute to more than one woman at a time!
  2. Someone will always find out. It’s inevitable.
  3. What about your significant other? They can cut ties too, ya’ know?
  4. If you’re lonely – here’s a quarter, call someone who cares! Otherwise you run the risk of ruining friendships and doing something you will regret.
  5. Remember the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  6. Do you really want to be the last man standing (or this case, woman)? You could end up ruining friendships, getting a bad reputation, and wasting time that you could have been spending in a real relationship. Look at Sally — she ended up without a man she could have truly made a life with, and destroyed two other friendships in the process of her actions.
  7. Do you really want to be the kind of woman who is with the kind of guy who cheats on his woman?
  8. If you succeed at temptation, and somehow you or the guy get found out, the blame will inevitably fall on you, even if it’s unfairly justified. Why? Because you are the woman – remember Adam and Eve?

Keep the items above filed in your subconscious and share them with your best friends: you just might be able to help protect a friend from making a regrettable mistake…

Sitting across from me in the crowded train is a man who is perfect in that innocent way that only a man in a relationship can be. My stop approaches and I get up to leave. My life is complicated enough and besides, that great suit that he’s wearing was probably laid out for him by his very real wife.



Read more: Thinking About Cheating? 12 Reasons Why You Should

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Reader Discussion: 347 Comments

  1. Avatar of Amanda Wilson

    Nowadays everyone has social media so don’t believe them if they say they don’t have it. Add him!! See if he has a wife. Comment and like his pictures

  2. Avatar of Amelia Hartley

    Amelia Hartley

    When you date a married man, he’ll definitely cheat on you if both of you end up together, which is approx. 30% or less to spend the rest of your time with him,, who agrees with me? ???

  3. Avatar of Angela Sullivan

    Angela Sullivan

    If a man is “cheating”, then there was no TRUE marriage to begin with! Marriage is in the heart, not just a piece of paper and a ring. A truly married man will not cheat!…Truth.

  4. Avatar of Omar Silva

    Omar Silva

    Some people suck, like manipulating people, and destroying relationships. Alternatively, some men misinterpret friendliness for flirtation. (Women working in retail can confirm this) So when you’re married, women may consider you safe to interact with in an unreserved way. They treat you the same as they do other women and gay men. (Stuff like hugging, touching, initiating conversation often). And some guys mistake this as sexual interest.

  5. Avatar of Alisha Nixon

    Alisha Nixon

    Yes, they are hotter, but it’s a sin you covet married men. If you don’t want to be a sinner, better stop thinking about having an affair with a married man because it’s unforgivable especially if you are the woman.

  6. Avatar of Jodie Bell

    Jodie Bell

    That is why I am afraid to get married easily. I have to know the man I am marrying first. In this world, no one is faithful. I don’t want to have a broken family because even the nicest guy you’ve known can cheat on you.

  7. Avatar of Sabrina Melendez

    Sabrina Melendez

    This article is great. You can see in the comments how are they against in cheating. Of course, never tolerate cheating!

  8. Avatar of Cesar Hayes

    Cesar Hayes

    I am a man, and I am not afraid of commitment. I don’t know, I am 30, and I am ready to settle down. It’s always important to have someone who is right beside you, and you are not afraid of being cheated on. If you want to get the loyalty you want, you have to be one too. ?

  9. Avatar of Roe Elizabeth Merry

    Are you happy that you are going to ruins someone’s marriage? Can you imagine what if you are the wife, and your husband is cheating on you? It hurts, right?

  10. Avatar of Niamh Townsend

    Niamh Townsend

    What’s the point of this article? To teach women how to flirt with married men, or to teach men how to flirt while being married?

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