Men and women have always done all kinds of crazy things to make ourselves more attractive to each other. And although men are guilty of this, women seem to do more (and crazier) stuff.
And while women’s standards are much higher than men’s, us guys don’t do nearly as much to make ourselves attractive women. And when we do, it’s largely misguided. Seriously – do you think a comb-over or a Big Johnson T-shirt ever got anyone laid? I rest my case.
Not to pick on the ladies, but y’all have taken some crazy (and largely unnecessary) steps to make yourselves desirable. For example, back in the day, women would put belladonna – otherwise known as deadly nightshade – in their eyes to dilate their pupils. They believed that looking like an anime waif made them hot. Speaking for myself, I steer clear of anything called “deadly” that makes me look like I’ve been smoking angel dust. Of course, that’s easy for me to say – I’ve got my Big Johnson T-shirt, so I’m ready for love.
Today is not a lot different. Women now inject their foreheads with botulinum – the most toxic bacteria in the world – to temporarily paralyze the muscles that can cause wrinkles. Marketed under the warm and fuzzy name Botox, botulinum can cause double vision, slurred speech, paralysis and death. The upside? No frown lines, so let’s call it a wash.
But one of the craziest things I have heard of is actually not a new practice at all. Long a tradition in other parts of the world, vaginal steaming is getting some traction in the West. Also, apparently, in the south, if you catch my drift.
Called the v-steam, this cleansing procedure consists of a woman sitting naked on an open-seated chair, under which a humidifier emits steam for 30 to 45 minutes. During the treatment, the steam therapist might dose the water with an assortment of herbs such as basil, which some claim is an antimicrobial, or rosemary, which supposedly fights yeast infections, or oregano, an antispasmodic.
Sounds like a woman could achieve the same effect by squatting over a bowl of minestrone. I don’t know if this is effective, but I do know it’s going to get you thrown out of Olive Garden.