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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

I think one aspect absent from this discussion is "context" . . .

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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

I think the male/female thing goes back to beau Brummell. Today it's more accepted for a woman to employ artifice to improve her appearance, but it's still universally considered more attractive if you are beautiful without makeup than if you are beautiful only when dolled up.

On the AA stuff, it's not all directly on point, but I found the Put This On episode on 'Lo-Heads interesting, and would be at least somewhat relevant.

I have another point I wanted to add regarding context. Since Brummell, I think one of the roles of the man is to give contrast to the lady on his arm, so she may shine brighter. He is serious and correct so she can be lavish and glamorous. Otherwise, his sloppiness would distract and his peacockery would compete with viewers from her grace.