There’s been a strange phenomenon occurring these last couple months, and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon. Several companies have begun selling articles of clothing for men that had previously been reserved for women: bras, Spanx-like undershirts, pantyhose, girdles, and skirts. And it doesn’t stop there. Today, Just Jared reported that “All My Children” star Cameron Mathison wore a thong in last Wednesday’s episode of the show.
Most people have seen these items and been aghast. “I don’t wear girdles and pantyhose, and I wouldn’t want a man I’m dating to be of such a vain sort to want to either. And as shallow as it sounds, if a guy needs a bra, he needs a workout routine too,” said Frisky commenter DancerNinja. Contrary to popular opinion, I’m actually quite pleased that these items have become available for men and might enter their wardrobes. Finally, women aren’t the only ones who feel society’s pressure to appear skinny, taut, and free of panty-lines! Isn’t it nice to know that men are finally owning up to their insecurities, demonstrating that we’re not the only ones who’d like to hide a little pudge or enhance our chest area?
Is it right for anyone to feel pressured to be skinny? No. Should people exercise more? Yes. But a lot of people don’t wear control-top pantyhose so they can stuff themselves into clothes that don’t fit — they just want clean lines.
A couple weeks ago, two of my friends and I went to a wedding and all complained about how we had to buy highly unsexy undergarments to wear under our black-tie dresses. It would make me feel good to know that at the next wedding I attend, my date might be suffering just as much in his Lumbar Wear as I am in my Spanx. We might not look so hot getting undressed, but we’ll look damn fine in our formal wear. Now THAT is equality.