This post comes from GR8 Legs, one of our friendly moderators on the He Wears Panties forum and now, site contributor. It addresses a pet peeve of mine, which is women brainlessly attacking men for being too feminine whilst vigorously defending their own right to wear whatever takes their fancy. This vapid double standard needs to end!
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I was messing around on the net the other day and, when I googled “Mantyhose”, one of the sites that came up was a Stylelist posting from 2008 by a lady named Annie Scott that begins with the declaration “All right, men. Guess what you didn’t know you needed? Pantyhose.” She then goes on to talk a little about the e-MANcipate website, before ending her little pontification with this little gem “Unless you’re playing Robin Hood or pretending to be Louis XIV (like you do), we think maybe you should pass this trend up in favor of, you know, looking hot. But to each his own, right? Whatever.”
There then follows a discussion a number of people putting forward their views on the subject, including crossdressers, men who are not crossdressers but wear pantyhose for comfort and support and also women with mixed views on the subject. Most notable are some of the negative comments from women, including the following; “[i]I have been watching men become more and more effeminite since the 1960’s when they began to let their hair grow long and style it like the ladies…….. This is the generation of the wimps.[/i]”
Then, along comes the_kcar, with the following post:
“I’m a married mother in a rural locale. Does that clear my heterosexual credentials? Good.
Stockings. Hosiery. Legs.
Scanning the pages on this new trend, I don’t know whether to shake my head ruefully or laugh aloud.
Women wear jeans, stomp boots, baseball caps, wide leather belts. They drive cars, smoke, vote, and own property.
They cut their hair short, emerge from the home without makeup, and make their own purchases at Home Depot.
Women attend – and lead – business meetings, work in fields such as automobiles, technology, construction. Know and use databases and search engines, and how to operate computers.
In the previous generations, these things were what made a woman be stereotyped as a dyke. Are there any dykes in the room? Anyone? Anyone?
Hint: you used a computer to find this forum….
Now I step back a bit….
Men have been chefs for years, preparing confections of delicate nature and a balanced palate, much as women have done for many generations. Would you dare call Chef Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen odd, or a queer?
Men have been teachers for years, not just in the college campuses and universities, but in grade schools as well. Many generations ago, this was the forte of women, and women alone. I sincerely doubt that the gender credentials of the teaching staff of most public and private schools would need to be questioned.
Men have also worn earrings, necklaces; they’ve grown their hair long for years. They purchase hair products not only to clean the scalp, but also styling products, colorants, etc. Much to the expanding market therein.
The 80’s reintroduced pastel oxford shirts to the men’s wardrobe.
Ladies: do any of your men use hair styling products, wear pastels, or own specific shaving products which do more than stiffen the stubble – such as aloe softening agents? Scents?
Do you doubt the veracity of your mens’ claim to masculinity?
On another sidenote, I challenge anyone to tell a Scott(sic) to eliminate his kilt!
Fashion and fad is a fickle thing. A “real man” and a “real woman” is more to be based upon the person, not on his or her choice of clothing.
Ladies: is your choice of denim jeans a “fetish”? Or is it a practical garment?
Gentlemen: is your choice of leather and/or vinyl goods, the snakeskin boots with the heels – is it a “fetish” or are these accessories purchased for practical purposes?
I’ll never understand people….”
Wow! The world needs a whole lot more people like her, someone with common sense and no agenda to pursue.
“Common sense is very uncommon.” (Horace Greeley)