The world of fantasy…
According to a report in the Daily Mail last Friday, Britons are not, as outsiders perceive them to be, a stuffy and staid bunch.
The truth is that beneath that calm, there lies a mischievousness which to some degree is at odds with a projected conservative image that seems to initiate out of character behaviour.
The research found one in five women indulge in a daily bout of ‘naughtiness’ to help pepper up their day.
Regular bad behaviour is pulling a sickie, and secretly lusting after a partner’s father. Other ‘naughty’ acts include women keeping a picture of a heartthrob rather than a boyfriend or a husband as their mobile or computer screensaver.
Some fifteen per cent of two thousand women surveyed also admit they touch up pictures of themselves before posting them online, to hide any imperfection and glamourise their looks. One in six will lie about how much they spend on a new outfit, handbag or other purchase – even pretending it was a gift.
The survey of Cadbury’s comes as adverts to launch its Crispello include one in which a girl reveals she fancies her boyfriend’s dad – something ten per cent of women now admit to.
Almost one in four women confess they flirt to get a freebie or a discount, from suggestive banter with a coffee shop barista to fluttering eyelashes at a car salesman.
Studies have found indulging in the odd mischievous treat reduces stress and leaves us feeling healthier, happier and younger – especially in order to cope with the present economic doom and gloom.
It is an acknowledged fact that a woman who lives her life to the full, discarding convention and, from time to time, dabbles in the forbidden fruit, is more interesting than one staid to the point of boredom. Such a woman has men crawling at her feet and normally makes a desirable and exciting companion.
Feminism rarely brings comfort and happiness to a woman. It is the interaction with men or other women on an equal and absorbing level that generates the sexual frisson that keeps the flame of their relationship alive and glowing.
Men and women today have the same pressures. The gap in our biological differences is shortening. We both struggle in our diverse ways to achieve the same things. So what applies to women applies to men, though perhaps in a varied form.
What we forget is that the world of fantasy can often be a tonic to keep us sane in the competitive environment we live. We fantasise about being rich when we are poor, we seduce women in our dreams to keep us from becoming stale, we unwind through our imagination and engage in all kinds of optimistic games that our brain conjures up when we feel low.
In other words, fantasy plays an important and integral part of our daily life – without which we become miserable old sods, who suffer the indignity of being passed over and forgotten.