It depends on how you define the term.

For a reasonable definition of sexy, the term refers to letting a woman feel sexual tension. If you talk about social interactions it's useful to have a word that refers to making another person feel sexual tension.

Of course you can define beautiful, attractive and sexy all the same way. Then you get a one dimensional model where Bob wants Alice with utility rating X. I don't think that's model is very useful to understanding how humans behave in mating situations.

It depends on how you define the term.

I define it as "arousing sexual interest and desire in people of appropriate gender and culture". Note that this is quite different from "beautiful" and is a narrow subset of "attractive".

the term refers to letting a woman feel sexual tension.

"Tension" generally implies conflict or some sort of a counterforce.

Open thread, January 25- February 1

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read25th Jan 2014318 comments

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