As far as character traits go, I would describe myself as a very sexy, highly intelligent, quite articulate, very sophisticated woman with a very strong sense of loyalty to those that have earned my affections.
And while I'm an extremely sentimental romantic internally and externally, I do also have a pretty assertive, dominant, and even (sometimes) combative side, as well. Naturally, I’m an *extremely* outgoing, extroverted person, tending to be the "life" of any party I'm at, but my "outgoingness" is always coupled with the utmost class. I present myself well, carrying myself as an extremely polite, well-spoken young woman with impeccable manners, a (usually) refined temperament, and a relatively expansive vocabulary.
My ethnic identity and cultural heritage, for better or worse, makes up an enormous part of the person I am today. For, although I was born and raised in the state of Minnesota, and will always be American first and foremost, my mother and father are Palestinian Arab nationals from Israel (from Nazareth and Haifa, respectively) who migrated to America after an arranged marriage in the late 1970s. After giving birth to me in 1980, my parents' marriage quickly soured and my father became extremely abusive to my mother, which subsequently lead to the dissolution of their marriage in 1985 -- the same year my brother was born.
Having been on both sides of the fence, so to speak, during my formative years gives me some unique and highly esoteric perspectives that have been invaluable to me in life. An example of this would be having traversed to both extremes: devout theism during my childhood and early teens, to a militant atheism during my later teen years.
Another example is having been raised torn between two seemingly incompatible and conflicting cultures: the American culture, generally speaking -- and the tolerant and amicable Minnesotan culture, specifically; something that often conflicted with the relatively liberal culture of Israeli-Palestinians in the home.
I feel that having worked through my repulsion and disdain for all religion in general, and my own struggles with Islam and the highly misogynistic Arabic culture more specifically, has been one of the defining features of my life.
My ideal man is very intelligent, but just as important is that he is also a very good person. I want to emphasize the importance I place on one's morality and the intrinsic goodness of one's character, from which I believe that the honorable traits of kindness, empathy, honesty with yourself and others, the capacity for the deepest love and compassion can flow.
He has an analytic mind and is a critical thinker; his interactions with others and his conduct with me is always classy and respectful; and he's a fascinating and exciting, cultured and open-minded individual, who also excels in the verbal domain, in terms of communication. He is a very open, considerate, sharing, and honest person that communicates very well with others.
One thing he's not is a dating site cliche. That is, he's not "just" a "normal" or "simple" man only looking for "someone who likes to have fun," nor is he "laid back" and "easy going."
Because just *fuck* that.
I'm loquacious, sensual, and intense.
ADDENDUM: I've put on some extra weight in recent times for reasons that are far more convoluted and nuanced than simply liking food a lot (something I will explain in due time if you're curious), and I'm currently in the process of getting rid of it.
So the extra weight is an issue I'm well aware of that won't be an issue for very long.