By Jeannie DeAngelis
June 16, 2011
Testosterone-driven men don't usually think of themselves as peacocks, but riding around in sooped-up cars, sporting pumped-up pectorals, donning flashy clothes, and looking for opportunities to display cash-stuffed money clips in public are some of the many ways male humans fan out their showy feathers to catch the attention of female peahens.
In nature, peahen gals are attracted to the most ornate male peacock -- or the guy toting the most bling. Year after year during breeding season, to draw a mate peacocks return to the same location. The peafowls congregate close together and treat foraging peahens to a buffet featuring a spectacular courtship dance.
After the show, the gray and brown peacock hiding beneath the most glorious feathered fan usually garners extra attention from the ladies. The male peafowl with the greatest number of eyespots on his feathers gets to swagger away accompanied by a harem.
"The collective name for a group of peacocks is a party," and in politics former President Bill Clinton and Congressman Anthony Weiner turn out to be two of the best examples of a "party" of peacocks. Both men have proven notorious for coming up with creative techniques to capture female attention. Neither Clinton nor Weiner flutters his tail feathers, produces rustling sounds, or flaunts quivering fans, but in lieu of spectacular plumage, both have exploited positions of power in an effort to seduce women.
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