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Riding a bike to work and being sweaty and smelly?

Old 09-19-11, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by gerv
OTOH, don't you think we are just obsessive about body odor?

I always wonder how nations could be built without sweat?

I imagine that our sensitivity to perspiration might be a sign that we've become a prissified society.

Doesn't anyone else think this?
Probably so. Our culture values personal hygiene more than most. I was a student in France in the 1970s. A group of Americans lived in a student high rise along with other foreigners and a few French natives. The Americans were singled out and scolded for using too much hot water. They mocked us and said "it's absurd to shower more than once or twice a week." We Yanks were also the only ones to sign a petition demanding that the bed linens be changed every week rather than every two weeks. At the same time, we privately had contempt for the French because we thought they pput on more cologne rather than bathing.

There probably isn't much we can do to change this cultural value, even if we wanted to. If you "stink" in America, you will be ostracized .
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Old 09-20-11, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by gerv
OTOH, don't you think we are just obsessive about body odor?

I always wonder how nations could be built without sweat?

I imagine that our sensitivity to perspiration might be a sign that we've become a prissified society.


Doesn't anyone else think this?
In North America in particular and it only took about two decades.. Very similar to pre-revolutionary France.. I think this whenever i'm in a coffee shop and see the seniors and immigrant labour sweating over the very specific orders of the prissy clients.. Fortunatly states like this never last very long, people can only take so much.
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Old 09-20-11, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by gerv
North American squirrels aren't noted for their high IQs either.
https://www.youtube.com/v/nWU0bfo-bSY?version=3
Occasionally I've passed a group of cyclists (usually female...) and after they are long gone notice the gag-inducing smell of cologne or some such.
Scentless products exist.
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