Posted by Exile on February 9, 2008
I predict that monday will be a busy day for the womens underwear departments all over the civilised world. Why? Because Valentines day is soon upon us. And I’m prepared to bet that a lot of us men, in our infantile way, are going to go out and buy that “sexy little thing” to please our ladies. Even though we know it will please us much more when she puts it on and, again in our idio-erotic imaginations, grabs the vacuum cleaner and gets cracking in the living room wearing nothing more than the new lingerie and a splash of chanel, waiting for you to ambush her from behind the sofa or the potted plants.
OK. You have your fantasies, I have mine. If you don’t like the above scenario with the hoover, then insert your own. But you know, I’m right somewhere along the way.
A word of warning; Don’t do it lads. You will be wasting both time and money and it will all lead to disappointment.
Here’s a little “scientific” support for that last statement, found in the Copenhagen Post:
A university study finds women use lingerie to impress each other as much as their boyfriends.
While the mystery of why women spend so much money on lingerie does not rank up there with the disappearances of Jimmy Hoffa or Lord Lucan, it has definitely puzzled a few members of the opposite sex since the undergarments became popular in the middle of the 20th century.
Popular wisdom says that ‘women do it for their partners’, but Per Østergaard, a graduate student of social sciences and philosophy at Aalborg University, wasn’t satisfied with that explanation. ‘I’m the kind of person who studies a bunch of crazy things,’ Østergaard told Berlingske Tidende newspaper.
‘Lingerie is an area which apparently hasn’t received so much attention, but which takes up a great deal of space in our popular culture.’ So Østergaard began to collect data and conduct interviews with women to shed light on this under-researched area.
He found that when women select lingerie, the hierarchies of the dressing room play just as much a role as the intrigues of the bedroom when determining what lingerie they purchase and that women use lingerie as a means for exploring other sides of their personality in addition to merely looking sexy for their partners. Lingerie essentially provides a means for exploring and defining a social identity.
According to Østergaard’s findings, women continually size up each other’s undergarments in public spaces to evaluate whether they fall within accepted norms.
There’s a fine lace line between looking ‘attractive’ or instead like ‘a housewife’ or ‘a hussy’, he argues. And as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, Østergaard predicted men would continue to have difficulties choosing the right present for their girlfriends and wives.
‘Men get their impression of undergarments through the media and have quite a stereotypical idea of what is sexy,’ said Østergaard. ‘But a lot of the lingerie that men see on fashion models doesn’t necessarily look as good on their girlfriends at home. She knows that, but he doesn’t.’
This could be Victorias biggest secret. She’s as much interested in her underwear as we men are, if not more so.
So, there you have it men. If you feel the need to get her something special, then take her with you. You never know, she might end up surprising you!