One of the things about being in Europe is the prevalence of body odor.
Particularly in the heat of Rome.
Prevention of body odor with the use of antiperspirants is a relatively new thing given the history of mankind. So body odor in the past was likely even more prevalent. I have heard all sorts of arguments to the contrary, but really folks, nothing beats modern chemistry (aka sticks of antiperspirants).
Why is body oder so taboo now?
Is it really that unpleasant, or are we just conditioned to believe that it is in order to sell toiletry items? Are we merely pawns in a diabolical marketing scheme?
Is body odor something that we would stop smelling and stop noticing if it were more ubiquitous?
Can body odor be erotic? I have noticed that certain body odors are less offensive than others, particularly if they are emanating from a big hunk of a sexy guy. Why is that? Is pungent body odor a part of pheromone attraction and we are potentially missing out on a good match by eliminating odors?
These are the things that I think about as I am circling the Roman Colosseum.