Bad boy (archetype)

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The bad boy is a cultural archetype similar[citation needed] to the historic terms rake or cad: a male who behaves badly, especially within societal norms.


One article in The Independent compared the term "bad boys" with men who had a particular combination of personality traits, sometimes referred to as a "dark triad", and reported that a study found that such men were likely to have a greater number of sexual affairs.[1]

The stereotypical "bad boy" was described by Kristina Grish in her book Addickted as "the irresistible rogue who has the dizzying ability to drive women wild" with a "laissez-faire attitude about life and love".[2] Kristina Lloyd, author of Split, says that "we [are] meant to take what we want from the twenty-first century's kinky candyshop of sex", and that at the end of the day many will "prefer bad and debased over naughty but nice".[3] Frances Cohen Praver, author of Daring Wives, claims that "Women tend to split off their detested parts like hate, envy, and bad-girl aspects", so that "bad-girl parts stay behind closed doors, only to come out to play with bad-boy lovers".[4] Praver says that there is "a split between love for men they see as good, dependable and reliable, and desire for men they see as exciting, reckless, and dangerous...bad boys".[5][full citation needed]

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  1. ^ Connor, Steve (June 19, 2008). "Why women really do love self-obsessed psychopaths". The Independent (London). Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Kristina Grish, Addickted: 12 Steps to Kicking Your Bad Boy Habit (2007) p. xiii
  3. ^ Kristina Lloyd, Split (2007) p. 160
  4. ^ Frances Cohen Praver, Daring Wives (2006) p. 60
  5. ^ Praver, p. 56-7