And very often too, these notions have expressed themselves to outrageous extremes. I'm not even discussing fetish gear here, which is its own special thing. I'm talking about the Creatan fashion for women being entirely bare breasted, with a tight waist girdle beneath. Or the codpiece fashion for men, which sometimes was so huge that it could be, (and was) used to store personal items other than the gentleman's wedding tackle.
A few years back I was in Las Vegas with a few friends for a long weekend. I noted something curious. In the evening, on the Strip, the young women who were there to party were, to a person, dressed nearly identically. They all had super short minidresses on, with insanely high heels, and usually that dress was also cut very low in front, and often in back. And always tight, tight, tight. The result, oddly, was that since all the women were dressed in that way, they failed, any of them, to stand out in the way they wished to. So, to a large degree, the success or failure of a really overt statement of sexual availability and skill, is dependent on the number of others around doing the same thing.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, its an issue that we are looking at increasingly as our culture continues its rush towards real globalization.