I’ve often heard women claim that “men would kill themselves if they had to go through the culturally obligated beauty rituals that women have to.” This comes up a lot when talking about makeup and shaving but I especially hear it in regards to underwear, especially thongs and the litany of impractical lingerie offered by the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Fredricks of Hollywood, and a gazillion other lingerie stores. My general counter is something to the effect of “if I thought there was a chance that it would get me free drinks at the bar AND get me laid, I’d wear a thong made of barbed wire or whatever other ridiculous torture device you can come up with,” because dammit! I’m practical like that! Sadly, women appear to be smarter than men and don’t fall for that shit. The universe is so unfair.
In any case, Buzzfeed seems to have done a little experiment here. It may not be scientific, but it’s probably the best thing on the internet today.
Special thanks to Anne Beamon Imundo for bringing this to my attention.