It’s pretty seventh grade to hear the word cherry and snicker, but you cannot deny that these fruits fascinate men. They’ve got it all; they are at once sweet and tart, innocent and sexy, refreshingly clean and darkly ripe and they come in pairs. Men like pairs of round things. Oh yeah, and – this is science people – they like red.
Not just for men, cherries. This fruit is really having its moment. Retro imagery gives us more than five a day of these beauties, and it looks like women who get sex appeal flash cherries like a red light in a window, whether worn as jewelry, tattoos or part of a pattern. (Of course, cherries are also very healthy, help us sleep and we might just enjoy the taste, but stick with me here.)
Even Shelby in Steel Magnolias, God rest her, loved cherries. I mean, she was buried in the suit with cherries on the lapel. Hold on – got to soldier on. Thankfully, I could ‘run to Texas and back,’ even though Shelby can’t.
Point is, the word ‘cherries’ is often paired with the word ‘ripe.’ They imply readiness… and reward. If that’s not a style that attracts men, I don’t know what is.
Plus, men like to imagine how we eat cherries. Tilting our heads back and dipping them into our mouths and all. You get the point. How many of us practised the knot trick after Sherilyn Fenn famously mastered it as Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks?
Wow. I sound pretty objectifying for a feminist – but I’m okay with that. Being honest about what we mean and what we want is part of being a modern women. But, let’s take a cue from cherries and maintain some of their dualities and intrigue. I.e., don’t overdo the tart. We don’t need to be so try hard (sorry, Sherilyn); cherries, after all are naturally appealing. And they’ve got some taste to back up their promise.