A Preference for Wolves

by Marilyn Monroe

I could never be attracted to a man who had perfect teeth. A man with perfect teeth always alienated me. I don’t know what it is but it has something to do with the kind of men I have known who had perfect teeth. They weren’t so perfect elsewhere. There’s another sort of man I’ve never liked: the sort that’s afraid of insulting you – they always end up insulting you worse than anybody. I much prefer a man to be a wolf and, if he has decided to make a pass at me, to make it and have it over with.


Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was a film actress and iconic sex symbol. Her six sentences are excerpted from My Story, co-written by Ben Hecht, originally published in 1974.