A Man’s Eye View
Mantyhose and Other Oddities for the Modern Man
Girly man or innovative trailblazer?
Throughout history, there’s always been that fine line between what’s acceptable for men to wear and not wear; take for instance Louis XIV in France, who wore exuberant wigs and perdy, shiny slippers. How about the pharaoh’s of Ancient Egypt who also wore wigs and the equivalent of today’s modern “guyliner”? This trend of gender-bending the appropriate dress code is becoming more and more popular and there seems to be no sign whatsoever of it stopping anytime soon!
We’ve all heard of and seen drag queens wearing women’s undergarments, right? They wear those sorts of things as part of the act…all fine and good, more power to them; but have you ever seen your husband (who’s a manly-man in your eyes) or the quarterback of the football team prance around in pantyhose for comfort purposes? I think not… not until recently, anyway. E-mancipate.net, a website designed to “accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item,” brings gender bending to a whole new level…for reals. The site highlights pantyhose experiences from everyday men, and even offers suggestions on how to apply your “mantyhose” without tearing them.
The whole idea of “mantyhose” is not about being a perv with a sick fetish, but mainstreaming an offbeat idea into today’s ever-changing society. If your man wants to be bold and brave, and would like to jump on the bandwagon, he can check out this list of venues to order his pair of hose.
Since we’re in this sort of sideshow of gender bending, how do you feel about “man bags?” Personally, I’m all in favor of the “man bag;” I think it’s a little more discrete than “mantyhose,” and actually serves a purpose for the modern man. Where else are us men going to carry our blackberry, tissues, and laptop all at the same time? Check out this top 10 “man bag” list, brought to you by Kineda.com.
And last but not least, what’re your thoughts on “medges,” literally wedges for men? I don’t think I’d be caught dead in those stilt-like catastrophes, but that’s just me. Check out what Betty’s own Julie Ryan Evans had to say about this new “trend.”
All-in-all, I think today’s man is becoming more and more in touch with his feminine side…at least we’re expressive, don’t you think?