Originally Posted by Neurotic Scientist
How about this...
If men's fragrances are supposed to attract females, and women's fragrances are supposed to attract males, then how come men don't wear women's perfume and vice versa?
See my posting above! In nature, males attract females in a variety of ways: vocalisations, scent, physical display, dance, etc. Think about the wonderful variety of bird courthship displays and rituals. (Usu. the girls are not as brightly plumed as the boys, for camouflage reasons and to protect the young. Girl-birds *like* it when a man shows an interest in wooing her! I like a "peacock" display--a man dressed to impress me and strutting his stuff to get my attention! I don't find a man well-dressed and perfumed to be "girly" at all. I *like* the fact that he is confident in his masculinity. Au contraire
, he is showing respect for the woman of his interest. For my own tastes, I never liked "ungroomed slobs." ( I have heard with my own ears, however, that some women like men "with dirt under their naills." This is no joke. Well, to each his...her...own.)
The "toned-down" aspect of male appearance and grooming in Western culture began in the 1850s. Just look at male fashion plates of that time and compare to earlier images. Oh, I weep for the glorious bygone days of the 1830s! After 1850 or so, no more colours, no more male display.
At least one can still make a statement with a choice of cuff-links, a watch or jewellery or a well-chosen pocket square.
Sometimes there is nothing more attention-getting than in-your-face masculinity and the pride of being a male.