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Are Women Really Attracted to Pirates or to the Illusion of Danger?

Updated on May 29, 2017

Pirates and Their Stuff!

A pirate type, swashbuckling, dangerous and lots of hair! This one doesn't look too dangerous, though.
A pirate type, swashbuckling, dangerous and lots of hair! This one doesn't look too dangerous, though. | Source
Pirate ships on the shore.
Pirate ships on the shore. | Source
Assortment of pirate "stuff"!
Assortment of pirate "stuff"! | Source

What is so Attractive About Pirates?

Recently, we went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" and we thought it was pretty entertaining. It didn't seem to be as good, or have as interesting of a story line, as the earlier pirate movies. I really think the first one was the best one, but this movie was still pretty good. All I really expect from movies any more is for them to be entertaining for a couple hours, and this one fulfilled that expectation.

One thing I remembered thinking is that Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) seems like he might be getting a bit bored with the part? I hope not! I really like Johnny Depp as an actor, but parts of the movie made me think that it might be getting a bit wearisome portraying Jack Sparrow! He does make a pretty attractive pirate, though!

Another thing that struck me was the women I overheard talking after the movie about the attraction of pirates, and I thought I'd delve into that a bit more. I remembered thinking to myself, what is it about pirates that women seem to like? Is it the illusion of being with a dangerous guy, a guy who doesn't live by the norms of society, and one who bucks the system as it were?

If so, this would explain women's attraction to other bad boy types like bikers, prisoners, criminals, mafia types and other "James Dean" types I guess. Personally, I never found that too attractive, although as movie characters, I do like some pirates!

One thing that does NOT attract me at all is knowing that pirates are basically criminals. That kind of danger and excitement is best left to movies and fantasy, not real life.

Firefighters putting out a fire
Firefighters putting out a fire | Source
Military men - guys with exciting occupations who are not quite so dangerous!
Military men - guys with exciting occupations who are not quite so dangerous! | Source

Exciting Guys That are not so Dangerous!

I think what would be more attractive to women are guys who are exciting in a more heroic way. I know a lot of women who find firefighters and military guys to be pretty attractive. The idea of saving someone and helping others is probably the biggest attraction to guys who are in these career fields. That, and the fact that most of these guys are very physically fit!

And, what woman could resist a firefighter rescuing a helpless, mewing kitten from a tree? I know women who would swoon at the idea!

Sure their occupations might have facets of danger involved in them, but the guys themselves are probably not as dangerous As a contrast to pirate types, these guys are probably more safe and would make you feel safer when you're with them. Plus, they would probably take more showers than a pirate would and smell a whole lot better, which is another nice bonus!

I mean, those braids and dreadlocks and unwashed clothes have got to start to smell pretty bad after a while I would think! And don't even get me started on rotting teeth. Just. No.

I'll Stick With a Comfortable Life

I wouldn't mind being around these beautiful birds, though!
I wouldn't mind being around these beautiful birds, though! | Source
Skulls, pass. Treasure chests? Depends on what's in them I guess!
Skulls, pass. Treasure chests? Depends on what's in them I guess! | Source

A Pirates Life? No thanks!

As a woman who enjoys all the creature comforts in life, a warm bed, a bit of television or a good book before bed, and a warm and comfortable home, I could never live a pirates life anyway. I mean, how would I take my contact lenses out at night?

Forget swords, knives and all the other weaponry of being a thanks. Although I have met a few people in life that it would give me great joy to see walk the plank! Right into Davy Jones' Locker. I believe I've even met a few bilge rats, scoundrels, rapscallions, rogues and scallywags along the way as well.

The birds that you see in some pirate movies hanging around with pirates are really pretty, and I bet you could teach them to say some incredibly bold and cheeky things, but I bet they're high maintenance, too! And I don't want all those skulls and treasure chests laying around... on second thought, the treasure chests might be kind of a fun accessory! Depends on what's in them I guess.

Did you know that pirates rarely, if ever, actually buried treasure that required a treasure map to find it again? This is actually a myth! The truth was, when a pirate came into money or wealth, he pretty much knew that his lifespan was going to be shorter than the normal lifespans of other people, so he would spend whatever came in quickly, and mostly on fun things! And pirates actually had nicknames to keep people from knowing their real names or where there families were from.

Just imagine if you were to hook up with a pirate, all the pirate phrases you'd have to learn...blimey! I have a rough enough time trying to recall the Spanish I tried to learn in high school!

One of the Most Well Known Pirate Flags

One of the traditional pirate flags brought out and flown when a ship was about to be overtaken, or when pirates were being chased by naval officials.
One of the traditional pirate flags brought out and flown when a ship was about to be overtaken, or when pirates were being chased by naval officials. | Source

Pirate Flags

In early times, pirate flags were often black and red or black and white, with the skull and crossbones feature being a main identifying symbol. Some flags also added hearts and swords in addition to a skull. When pirates were about to raid a ship, they would often fly a national flag on their ship to gain the trust of an approaching ship. Once the other ship got closer, the Jolly Roger, or skull and crossbones flag came out. This flag was sometimes also flown when the pirate ship was being chased by naval officials.

Pirates are dangerous I guess, but I think I'll stick with the military guy I've been married to for over 30 years. He did some risky things during his career, and came out victorious. And I think he's a lot safer than a pirate!

Other ladies may be attracted to pirates, but avast ye (pay attention!) find one who will not hornswaggle you (cheat) and one who is an old salt (experienced sailor) and who is not a scallywag or a son of a biscuit eater! Follow this sage advice, and you may have a life of fair winds and following seas!

How Attractive are Pirates to You?

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    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      I think you're right, Dolores! It's that idea in our heads, that story (fantasy) we make up about how it would be to be around this person... when reality turns out to be so different and something we wouldn't want at all! Thanks so much for commenting!

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I think women are drawn to the fantasies they create in their own heads. We often look at other people and if we like the way they look, we make up stuff instead of trying to understand what they are really like. That's a great way to get yourself into trouble. Why would someone be attracted to a pirate - a criminal who never takes a bath, stinks, may be malnourished, and wears the same clothes until they turn to rags?

    • KathyH profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Waukesha, Wisconsin

      I think so too, Mary! The grass isn't always greener! Thanks so much for commenting!

    • Blond Logic profile image

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Nah, I wouldn't want a pirate, they are just bums and thieves on boats.

      I think the reason women are attracted to dangerous men, is they are tired of a boring routine of normal men. I guess it is a case of the grass is always green on the other side.

      This was a fun article.


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