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So I've been thinking about the use of accesories (or lack of it) in society. In the wild sexual ornamentation is basically the extra stuff an animal has to attract a mate. Peacocks have their bright, big tail to attract females, some animals have huge tusks and other animals have long, bright, multicoloured or large things. The males have these large and energydraining affects so the females think "my oh my look at that large/bright tail/other" and mate with them because if the male can get away with having these practically unneccessary things they must have a high fitness and can produce good offspring.

So what about humans? We still do, but what are generally our means of displaying and having sexual ornamentation? And do you have and display any of it? I don't mean the size of your penis or anything but more like jewellry, hair that stand out or do you have alot of activities you do that sort of 'display' your vast resources and fitness? Maybe you're funny and smart?

Personally I have a few wristbands, rings and a necklace, as for activities well... I do go out running now and then, exercise a bit and take interest in the sciences and instruments. And I'd say I'm pretty funny and smart.
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#2
I wear makeup every day, I get bleachd highlights put in my hair. I am fond of short skirts.

Or am I getting the wrong idea, it's just about ways you improve your physical appearance, right?
#3
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I wear makeup every day, I get bleachd highlights put in my hair. I am fond of short skirts.

Or am I getting the wrong idea, it's just about ways you improve your physical appearance, right?

No you got it right. Imagine if a bunch of aliens studied us from space, how would they say "Hm, the females try to attract the men (or vice versa) this way...".
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#6
I'm funny and smart, I try to buy nice clothes and I make sure my hair looks decent.
It's common sense, actually.
#7
I wrap a cucumber in tin foil and put it in my pants. I tend to get busted at airport security though.
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#8
I haven't been on here for a long time but I know that Kensai is smart and funny, and fairly sexy.
As for myself, similar attributes, I then brush my hair because then the girls will want to **** me more.

EDIT: I forgot that naughty words got star*ed out on this forum.
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I wrap a cucumber in tin foil and put it in my pants. I tend to get busted at airport security though.

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#12
Quote by Kensai
No you got it right. Imagine if a bunch of aliens studied us from space, how would they say "Hm, the females try to attract the men (or vice versa) this way...".


Hm, but how much is purposeful and how much is so socially ingrained we don't even think of it any more?

I don't wear makeup to attract males, I wear it so I'm not ugly. Obviously that can be deconstructed

And I get invisible tattoos so I don't know how much of an act of peacocking that is either
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Hm, but how much is purposeful and how much is so socially ingrained we don't even think of it any more?

I don't wear makeup to attract males, I wear it so I'm not ugly. Obviously that can be deconstructed


I almost posted until I scrolled down and read this.

I have long (naturally) red hair, but I don't do it to attract females I have it so I can sleep on it and so I don't look like Beaker from the Muppets. I also have a few piercings that wouldn't be used for attraction purposes even though a lot of people think body modification is purely aesthetic.
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I had a peacock's tail surgically attached to my lower spine
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Hm, but how much is purposeful and how much is so socially ingrained we don't even think of it any more?

I don't wear makeup to attract males, I wear it so I'm not ugly. Obviously that can be deconstructed

And I get invisible tattoos so I don't know how much of an act of peacocking that is either

I don't really know, I wonder if some of it is just a means of displaying what group you belong to, or social status. Or social status in a group. For the purpose of the thread I'm going to say it's all sexual ornamentation though

And psh... you wouldnt look ugly without makeup.
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#16
I'm funny (just not on UG), I'm a runner, i play sports and stuff so i exercise quite a bit. Apparently girls like it when i wear eyeliner (sadly, it looks good on me), and i've always been told that i have beautiful/nice hair.


edit: I also have pretty womanly features, so i tend to attract lesbians.
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Hm, but how much is purposeful and how much is so socially ingrained we don't even think of it any more?

I don't wear makeup to attract males, I wear it so I'm not ugly. Obviously that can be deconstructed

And I get invisible tattoos so I don't know how much of an act of peacocking that is either

You're not ugly. I say this in the least pathetic-sounding way possible, of course.
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#19
Men - Cars, being fit, acting like an obnoxious ass.

Women - Makeup, handbags, clothing, lying.
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#21
Everything I do visually, or to improve myself, I do for myself only. But maybe I'm not reading your question right.
#22
bright colored polos, girls love the bright colored polos
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#23
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Men - Cars, being fit, acting like an obnoxious ass.

Women - Makeup, handbags, clothing, lying.


this.

Also, our ornamentation was our ability to survive without being the fastest, strongest, or biggest. If you are smart enough and in good enough shape to survive in the wilderness, then you're worth mating with. If you think about it the world still kinda works like that in a way. it's just changed to match current life.
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#24
women wear heels to make their legs look better (when im not feeling lazy i do)
we buy clothes to flatter our figur
dye our hair, use makeup, jewlery, perfume, ect...
i have a sweet car - that attracts som guys lol
but animals lack the ability to attract mates based on personality.
i would say my personality makes up 99% of what attract men to me....
im smart, witty, always smiling, easy to get along with, fun, kinda wild , but very passionate
and i do things to better me as a person and im always working on ways to improve myself.
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#25
I'm assuming this thread could be nicknamed "Things people do to get laid."
I think its more about conversing with the ladies. Or the lack of conversing. For instance i just say nothing. then when the tension becomes too much to bear, you finally, finally, you just say "How about it, then?"
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#26
Jewelry and accessories are for twats. How does sticking bits of crap on yourself improve your appearance?

Accessories are at least better than jewelry because they can easily be cheap. But spending thousands of pounds on a shiny piece of stone? That's just dumb.
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#27
I don't do anything to "ornament" myself, I just do whatever I want, and if a girl finds it attractive, so be it. Luckily, my gf has found me pretty attractive without having to dress up like a moron in tacky clothes and accessories.
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And psh... you wouldnt look ugly without makeup.


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Well you have never seen me without makeup, so you wouldn't know

Seriously, I'm naturally blonde. Blonde eyelashes is not a good look, I look like Charlize Theron in Monster...
#29
Idk... I guess I dye my hair, piercings, tattoos etc. But that's for me so eh. If anything I wear low cut tops or dresses/skirts when out but that's not so much ornamentation.
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#31
I play rugby, and keep playing partly because girls like it. I gel/style my hair, wear clothes that show of my attributes etc.
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#32
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On topic: I grow a beard so I appear more masculine and virile.


And totally not because I'm too lazy to shave.



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#33
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Idk... I guess I dye my hair, piercings, tattoos etc. But that's for me so eh. If anything I wear low cut tops or dresses/skirts when out but that's not so much ornamentation.


Yeah I'm not so sure where the line is.

Isn't dressing up to go out just about making you feel better about yourself and not about attracting a mate?

(I'm sure it is for some people, but whatever)
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Jewelry and accessories are for twats. How does sticking bits of crap on yourself improve your appearance?

Accessories are at least better than jewelry because they can easily be cheap. But spending thousands of pounds on a shiny piece of stone? That's just dumb.

Doesn't have to be like a stereotype gangsta rapper, maybe something subtler (and cheaper)

Also it's higher social status so I guess it does improve their appearance. Atleast in the gangsta rapper groups.

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Well you have never seen me without makeup, so you wouldn't know

Seriously, I'm naturally blonde. Blonde eyelashes is not a good look, I look like Charlize Theron in Monster...

Oh psh, I bet you don't.
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#35
Quote by Mistress_Ibanez
Yeah I'm not so sure where the line is.

Isn't dressing up to go out just about making you feel better about yourself and not about attracting a mate?

(I'm sure it is for some people, but whatever)

I'd argue that it's a bit of both. Wouldn't wear it if we thought it looked bad. But then also obviously humans do look for attention sometimes.

EDIT: Also most of my ornamentation works as a deterrent so...
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#36
Quote by Mistress_Ibanez
I wear makeup every day, I get bleachd highlights put in my hair. I am fond of short skirts.

Or am I getting the wrong idea, it's just about ways you improve your physical appearance, right?

I'm also quite fond of your short skirts.
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#38
wow, maybe this is my problem, im gonna start wearing wristbands, neclaces and stuff like that. Let the women pour in!!

on a serious note, i wear nothing else than shirt, pants and shoes. And underwear. I do consider myself pretty amusing and at least a bit brainy. Im too shy to gett that trough tho.
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#39
I'm a cunt
They made me do push ups in drag

I'm gonna have a really hard time if we're both cannibals and racists.

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I'm also quite fond of your short skirts.


That's a conundrum then seeing as we've never met and I've never uploaded photos of myself in a skirt to the internet...

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I'd argue that it's a bit of both. Wouldn't wear it if we thought it looked bad. But then also obviously humans do look for attention sometimes.

EDIT: Also most of my ornamentation works as a deterrent so...



Agreed, and I like the hair and piercings!
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