UPDATE (Feb. 7, 2017): Added full-size photo of the Redskins cheerleaders with the Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan to the bottom of the post.

Men like gorgeous women and women like tough men. This is an indisputable, fundamental fact. But if someone is prone to denying it, discussing war is a great way to bring him back to reality.

When men go off to war they sometimes leave women behind and engage in a lot of violence. Deployments last months, and, depending on the mission, they might not see a woman during that entire time. Or if they do, it’s only sporadically. That means when they see women again, it’s a particularly welcome sight.

This is especially true when they see beautiful women. The photograph that heads this post (and which is republished below for clarity) demonstrates this better than words can. It’s an official Department of Defense photo from 2014, and it documents U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan firing weapons as Washington Redskins cheerleaders shriek in shock and awe at the firepower.

Washington Redskins cheerleaders visit U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan in 2014. Photograph by Spc. Connor Mendez.

(The reason the NFL cheerleaders were in Afghanistan was because of a morale visit. Or, as the caption of the photo at DVIDS put it, “The cheerleaders visited soldiers as part of their military appreciation tour.” Click on the link to view the rest of the caption for the photo and to view the other photos in the gallery, which are also quite interesting.)

We’re all familiar with the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. But in this case, I think the photo is worth a number much higher than that. You could talk quite a bit about everything that is going on in it. The bigger things (such as the soldier in the background grinning from ear-to-ear as the fire and thunder overwhelm the women) are obvious points of discussion. But the small details (such as the cell phone the cheerleader is clasping along with what she has in her ID holder) are revealing as well.

In short, it perfectly encapsulates how men and women are different, and it shows how these differences result in mutual attraction.

So the next time you’re about to get into an argument with someone about men and women, here’s my advice: don’t—it isn’t worth your time. But if the topic comes up and the person is reasonable yet doubts the fundamental truths about them, you can always show him this war photograph and talk to him about all that it reveals.

And the biggest thing it reveals is that men like to be with beautiful women while women like to be with powerful men.

Washington Redskins cheerleaders visit U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in Afghanistan in 2014. Photograph by Spc. Connor Mendez. (RIGHT CLICK AND OPEN IN NEW TAB FOR FULL-SIZE VIEW.)