If Lingerie Is For Men, Why Are All The Pictures Of Women?
Occasionally some bright spark will pop along to one of these lingerie for men articles and, momentarily taking a break from slamming their heads against the wall, will loosen the chin strap of their mandatory house helmet and muster the coordination to type something like 'if these are for men, why are all the pictures of women.' At that point, having mustered all the brain power they were planning to use for that day, they collapse comatose onto the keyboard, where their carers find them several hours later.
If you're the type of person who thinks they're being insightful when they note that panties must be for women because all the major lingerie chains use female models, then you must also be the same sort of person who believes that pancakes and rice can only be eaten by black people, because Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima are both black people. And of course, you never eat cereal, because by the same rationale, breakfast cereals should only be eaten by monkeys, tigers, and gnome/ fairy folk.
The rationale that the model for the product must define the product's user base reflects quite frankly juvenile thinking. It's okay to demand that people only wear 'boy' clothes or 'girl' clothes when you're four years old, however an adult is generally expected to have developed cognitive skills that allow them to understand that although a model is used to create a certain image for a product, it does not define all possible uses or even intentions for the product.
It's not insightful, intelligent or even particularly observant to note that most of these articles are accompanied by pictures of females. They're accompanied by pictures of females because, as lingerie makers well know, women's bodies sell product. Even for men.
In fact, the sort of men who like to wear women's underwear are generally doing it because they like a softer, more feminine quality to their clothing. Does this mean that the clothing is exclusively for women? No. It means that straight men like to see women wearing lingerie as much as women do. It means that lingerie manufacturers and marketers like to maintain a status quo that works. It does not mean that only women can wear lingerie.
If you're really of the opinion that advertising defines reality, then my pity for you knows no bounds. You must spend your days bouncing from one flurry of consumption to another, constantly checking back with the popular media to justify your choices, constantly chasing approval from people who don't know you and probably wouldn't care if you dropped dead in front of them. It must be a heinously expensive and deeply unsatisfying way to live life.
If I write an article about a piece of lingerie , it doesn't much matter whether the piece of lingerie depicted happens to be worn by a woman, or a monkey, or a fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar. If a man can fit it, a man can wear it. End of story.
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