My recent review of Aramis' Perfume Calligraphy Rose and my suggestion that Etro's current male clothing collection would go well with Tauer's Une Rose Chypree prompted several interesting emails from readers on the subject of gender politics and which perfumes are 'appropriate' for guys. As chance would have it, a few days ago, a relative sent me a link to a piece on the Art Of Manliness site which uses a fascinating stash of old photos to explore attitudes towards masculine sexuality and relationships between men. Do take a moment to check it out, even if only to look at the pictures. As the article suggests, to a certain extent, we are all constructs of the cultures which have shaped us. If we choose to ignore this, we do so at our peril and at the risk of succumbing to the corrosive effects of bigotry and narrow-mindedness. I leave you with this thought as I reach for a quick spritz of Nahema.