We have a real love/hate relationship with our bodies. One day we're as proud as punch of our feminine curves, the next we're praying for Kate Moss's slim thighs. But what do blokes think? We surveyed 12 handbagging men to disclose their true feelings - what they notice first about us, which bit they like the best, and which body shape they prefer.
Marek, 25, single
"I like a nice shapely rack. The hourglass is great - the more womanly the body, the better. There isn't one thing I like best - I love it all. Eyes, lips, legs, laugh... and the rest! Women who complain about their bodies should shut up and come to my house for a party!"
Winston, 32, single
"The first things I notice about a girl are her eyes, posture, legs and arse. Does she engage? Is she confident? If she makes me laugh, I'm a goner. I love women's necks because they lead both ways and both ways lead to fun. Go up and you find her lips, go down and you arrive at shoulders and breasts."
[quote]Solomon, 32, lives with partner "I like my ladies healthy and athletic-looking - I'm fond of nice shoulders. Without having the chance to talk to her, it's the waist and hips that I notice first. The waist makes everything else look sexy - more curvaceous ladies with waists are the business. And they look strong... and ripe. The voice is very important, too. I want to be able to listen to my girl at length and not be repulsed. The lower back is sexy, but using the old-fashioned terminology - I'm an arse man!"
Murray, 46, de facto dad
"It's not so much about the body as the attitude, which comes across in the way she looks, walks, talks, shakes it like a Polaroid picture... I've trained myself to go beyond the superficial. That said, I nearly always check out her breasts. Sometimes I see a woman with a big fat arse and think, 'Hmm, I'd like to ride that.' Other times I think, 'Eww!' The mouth and eyes are pretty important. Attraction has no rules, really. I'm attracted to all sorts of women, even women that most men would find 'unattractive.'"
Jeremy, 34, divorced
"I'm attracted to the face first. You've got to look at it every time you see her, so it might as well be one that makes you smile. Different girls have different good bits but, generally speaking, I love that bit where the top of the hip becomes the small of back. And the back of the neck: mmm... Body-shape-wise, guys want it all. As the Chinese proverb goes: thin to look at, fat to lie on!"
Ferg, 27, dating
"I'll take what I can get, but if I'm being honest, I prefer a slim body shape. Shapely legs and thighs are a turn-on. They have to be smooth, too. I'm into Claudia Schiffer and Scarlett Johansson right now - blonde, sexy, with great bodies. And Scarlett's got the best lips."
Matthew, 37, married
"Physically I look for the whole package - her legs, figure and then anything that stands out - gorgeous eyes, pert breasts, you get the picture. All in a millionth of a second as well. Legs are my favourite. There's something quite regal about a good pair of pins. A shapely, long and tanned pair of legs also may lead to more adventures. But confidence in herself is the sexiest thing ever. A sense of humour (and how it fits with mine) is important, too. I like an athletic figure. It gives out a vibe that says, 'I like myself and know how to look after what I've got,' but athletic combined with curvy says, 'I'm not obsessed with it and also know how to have a good time.' Body-shy is OK - some people are shy about things and that's just fine. But complaining or having issues with your body - endlessly - is extremely tiring and eventually those people have drifted out of my life."
Tom, 32, married
"I like curvy women - maybe because they remind me of my mother? Of course, as I'm married I don't look at other women these days, but hypothetically speaking it would be the eyes that I'd notice first. I think that the brain is a woman's sexiest organ. But I also love nipples - they come a close second. Women who constantly complain about their bodies drive me mad! Every guy I know thinks he's only two training sessions away from being David Beckham!"
Bryn, 34, engaged
"I love voluptuous, full-figured women. Aside from that, I love women's eyes and hair - they are probably the first two things I notice, and sometimes the arse, depending on what direction they are running in: towards or away from me! My favourite part of a woman's body is the rear section of the leg at the top of the inside thigh which transitions into the buttocks... I think I'm an arse man."
Darryl, 29, lives with partner
"I usually notice a woman's breasts first, because that's generally where I'm looking. But when I'm talking to a woman, it's the eyes that have it. They have to be alive, which to me conveys intelligence and passion... there's nothing sexier than a smart, funny woman. Well, other than a smart, funny woman with great tits. Body-shape-wise, I'm willing to overlook almost any imperfection - God knows I have more than a few myself!"
Gino, 30, dating
"My favourite body shape is athletic, or curvy. At what I like to think is the wise age of 30, a girl with a perfect 19-year-old body certainly isn't everything. A girl can get a long way with a great attitude and carrying herself like she doesn't give a f*** if she doesn't look like a model. Confidence is one of the sexiest weapons a girl has on her side, not complaints about 7 grams of fat in the wrong place. I know this is old fashioned, but I just can't help looking at a girl's face first. Then it's clothes and, more recently, haircut. Breasts are important, but I love backs. The right back, with the right curves and arch is a fine thing - they are simply so sexy, in a classic sense."
Jim, 31, married
"The most important feature on a woman? Other than a pulse, I suppose her eyes, as they are the windows to the soul! Then there are boobs - fun to play with, look great and don't ruin your appetite between meals. For women who are less than complimentary about their own bodies, membership of the local gym would be my recommendation, and fewer pies at dinner time!"