There is the claim that women are under oh-so much pressure to be attractive. Beauty is a 60 billion-dollar industry. Indeed, as much as women may pretend to be tough and independent, while working some bullshit job on which they make 3/4 of an engineer’s salary if not more, they are rather aware, at least on a subconscious level, that their sexual market value depends largely on their looks. The louder women protest that fact, the closer they are to hitting the proverbial wall. Of course, the loudest are those who smashed right through it.
But let’s look at beauty standards quite objectively: to stand out at a man, you need to be tall and buff. Six-pack abs or bust! For a woman to have a far above average physique, it is enough to just not be fat. A slender woman, particularly in this day and age, is able to turn heads. Yet, a merely slender guy — no, not an “ottermode” Brad Pitt — looks like nothing. A short slender dude is genuinely fucked. Being short is no disadvantage for women, though. They are seen as petite. In some jobs, this is a distinct advantage, like those that can be done lying on your back. In fact, a woman can look good at basically any height, albeit clearly not at any size.
In short — no pun intended — basically any woman can look good just by not being fat. She will of course look better if she is toned. Yet, if you are a guy, being slender does not get you much. Being toned is hardly an advantage. If you want to start standing out with your physique, you need to work out long enough to at least get “noob gainz”, which can mean lifting some pretty serious weights. You’ll need to work multiple times as hard as women in the gym to get results that will make a difference. Just calculate the percentage of your bodyweight you need to squat to build nice muscular legs. At 100% your body weight you’re getting started. Yet, as a woman, you can improve your looks rather dramatically with 20kg on your shoulders, which may just be around 40% their body weight. For the mathematically challenged, I’d like to point out that this is a difference of a factor of 2.5. This is just one example. Yet, you can easily find others.