Originally Posted by Fabienne
It is when I am wearing a tank top, hair down, running errands at the hardware store*,that I get cat calls from men safely behind their steering wheels on the other side of the intersection. When I have put more care in my appearance, these same men probably wouldn't dare.
*ie.: when I think I look fairly awful.
Interesting. I would have thought that a French woman (I am assuming you are French for your Les Bleus support) would have understood this conundrum more fully than American women do: that women can be attractive to men not when they think they are but at other times as well. American women tend to be perplexed by this reaction. When I tell my American girlfriend she looks great after the gym, she nearly punches me.
Interestingly, women seem to understand this with men very well -- if a man has been exercising or working in a physical way and is sweaty and strong looking, they find it very appealling. Bathe and put on a suit and it is never the same reaction. Yet, women cannot quite fathom that it works both ways.