On our way to school yesterday, me and my kids saw a parade of turkeys walking down the sidewalk.There were about eight male turkeys struttin' their stuff, puffed, bright red gobblers hanging, quivering to get the attention of the fifteen or so females ignoring them.
The elaborate show male birds put on seems to contrast what a human male does to get the girl. In our human game of courtship it's the female that consistently has to put on the show, and the game appears to be more intense than I remember growing up.
Girls spend a lot of money and time fluffing to get a male's attention: implants, makeup, botox, hair dyes, manicures, long gym hours, the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong, I highlight my hair and put on makeup to go out, certainly not to attract a male--I'm taken, but because I feel prettier that way, oh how I've been conditioned.
I can just imagine what the human world would be like if the males had to do most of the work:) I think that's why love triangles in literature make girls swoon, to have two males begging for you to pick them...sigh, it brings me back to the turkeys and I smile.