In the animal and bird kingdoms, the burden of attraction falls squarely on the males. They are the ones with the fancy colors, bright plumage and actions to attract a mate. Jenny Wren knows her value and watches carefully before committing herself to one of those cheerful, lying males.
In contrast, it seems that the burden of attraction in the human species falls much more upon the female. They are the ones with the bright colors, fancy hair, makeup and clothing. You can see groups of them preening – mostly showing off for each other as much as demonstrating for the males of the species.
Then there are those, who in my humble opinion would be better off not preening. Wheelchairs, walkers, canes and prosthetic legs are facts of life. Medically required, when used properly they provide an individual with independence and a chance to travel.
However, there are some trends which I would prefer to avoid. Take the Speedo. Please, take it somewhere else, far far out of my line of sight. Not an issue on the young teen-20s competitive swimmer; it has a far more negative effect when worn by someone who is older than I and outweighs me by 50 kg or more. Trust me, the imagination doesn’t even come close!
Let you think I am just picking on the men, there are already a significant number of women with huge expanses of burned flesh. I am not sure which is worse: a bikini on someone in her 80s – or the significant burn that runs a risk of making her quite ill. And yes, before you ask – she is German. Lovely person who is not worried about skin cancer at her age, but hadn’t thought about the effects of the burn (dehydration, overheating and difficulty with wearing clothes for the next few days).