I don't really understand why women wear short shorts or expose their cleavage if they don't want attention.
They feel comfortable with those clothes? They find such clothes practical?
More or less the same reason we all wear the clothes we wear. I find t-shirts practical thus I wear t-shirts. I do also enjoy wearing normal shirts or suits, but maintenance on them is a pain. Does that mean that when I wear a shirt I'm planning on being different than when I'm wearing my Wacken or Manowar t-shirt?
(I wonder if maybe this is a culture difference. Do the majority of women in Greece wear short shorts, or is it the norm there?)
If it's hot out, comfortable I can understand. I love wearing shorts - not short shorts, but shorts that come up to about my knees.
But at the same time, there are more modest alternatives like dresses, longer shorts (heh), or perhaps even unappealing clothing (the "short shorts" I'm familiar with tend to be pink or other bright colors meant to grab attention) that one could wear that wouldn't give people as much of an excuse to leer.
What do you mean by practical? I don't think a dress or many other articles of clothing that cover up more of somebody's body is any less practical than 4-inch long short shorts. Wash, dry, wear. Maybe if short shorts are the only article of clothing available in a certain region, and it's not practical to travel 100 miles to try to find something else.
"Does that mean that when I wear a shirt I'm planning on being different than when I'm wearing my Wacken or Manowar t-shirt?" Well, obviously you're still Jmich, a decent human being. But different clothing can suggest different motives, attitudes, etc. For instance, if you work in a professional office setting, generally there is a dress code of long pants and button-down shirt. And generally if you work there, you maintain a professional disposition. But if you're working outside, you wear a t-shirt and jeans because you don't mind those getting dirty. And if you're going to the beach, you might not wear any shirt or ... anything.
So you might not BE different, but you might be ACTING differently.
A girl wearing short shorts is most likely a decent person overall, but those shorts suggest
(or have become known for) that this girl is looking for guys' attention, wanting to show off nice-looking legs. Or if she wears a significantly low-cut blouse exposing cleavage, the same thing is suggested.
I don't know how well I explained myself, but I definitely tried. As with the porn star discussion we had, I was somewhat brusque, although hopefully a bit less than last time.