The smart money is always going to be on skimpy clothing and long hair, each generation seeking to reinvent itself; to excite and infuriate for the same reason. And each generation of mothers and fathers, if they reviewed their history, would be less excited about hair fashions and more preoccupied with the deeper problems of young men, particularly the affluent adolescent in a permissive society. As has been proven, give young males money, and sooner or later they will dress like peacocks and behave like goats….You can see them in the pictures of Pinturicchio: hair is shoulder-length; tight, tight trousers emphasize muscular backsides; the stuffed codpiece with bright, laced points underlines an obvious virility; a short sword hangs from the waist; the taught alertness of their bodies adds foreboding. These youths played hide and seek with death, wantonly arrogantly. They were the Oddi and Baglioni whose blood dyed the streets of Renaissance Perugia. They roamed through the streets, hacked each other to pieces, even killed each other at the Cathedral.
And yet, they are as bright as parrots in their pinks, and reds and greens, their hair dropping in scented ringlets to their shoulders; but for their high-styled codpieces they could easily be mistaken for girls, yet they were as ferociously virile as a herd of young bulls. And, of course, war was not- it never is-the only game they played. Affluent, leisured, these bourgeois-aristocrats hunted girls as well as rivals. Venice was littered with the brothels they frequented, and papal Rome did not lag far behind.And,of course, they experimented sexually.