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Why We Fear Men In Lingerie

Updated on October 13, 2009

These cavemen are a hint...

This article jumps in the deep end, but don't worry, it makes sense in the end, I promise.

As recently as WWII, European communities had to contend with the possibility of being wiped out. Men went away to war, leaving only the frail, the sick and the young. Upon their return from war, we saw the conception of the baby boomer generation, a generation founded on all important 'family values'.

These so called family values were important in a time in which many strong, virile men had been lost. Any population that experiences conflict will invariably experience a rise in birth rates after the fact, usually to compensate for losses, perceived or real.

At the time, therefore, it seemed important that men be 'real men' and women be 'real women'. The end of WWII was over almost 70 years ago. Since that fateful day in 1945, we have experienced a global boom in population which is putting the survival of our planet at risk.

We are also seeing an increase in men and women staying single for longer, choosing not to have children, and exploring and expressing their homosexuality, if they happen to be wired that way. I say exploring and expressing because the time in which we now live gives more leeway for people to be gay than ever before. There were gay people a plenty in 1945 as well, however they were not looked upon kindly, possibly because their 'decision'to be gay threatened the breeding potential of a community.

Are we really all about the simple act of reproduction? As individuals, perhaps not, as societies, we do seem to behave in the best interests of the survival of the species, or the group. Lean times call for more conservative traditions (ie, those which support strong nuclear families which are seen as being the best conditions for rearing live young) and times of plenty encourage reckless hedonism which cause birth rates to drop. This is not necessarily a conscious decision made by individuals or their communities, yet the decisions are made nonetheless. Over history we can see these swings in the pendulum of tolerance from permissive to ultra conservative.

For some people however, times are always lean. They rely entirely on conservative values and behave always as if the sky were about to fall. These people live in fear and react with strong negativity to any perceived threat to the survival of their community. This leads to racism (diluting the gene pool with genes from other communities, many of which may have dominant traits which could override the ones they wish to pass on), abhorrence of gay men or women (who will put paid to reproduction all together), and to intolerance of behavior which seems to indicate homosexuality (ie, crossdressing, ie men wearing lingerie.)

The fact that many men who wear lingerie are straight and have children escapes these people who are reacting to primitive cues which trigger their fear and anger. The same cues which make some people put on white sheets and burn crosses are the same cues which make a middle aged housewife snicker at the idea of a man wanting to wear panties.

We can move beyond the reptilian brain, or we can remain puppets to genetic cues designed to make largely unintelligent creatures reproduce effectively. We can choose fear, or we can choose love. We can see a man in a cute pair of panties, or we can see a threat to the very survival of the species, it is up to us.

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      Hope Alexander 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for your kind comments guys, I am glad you enjoyed the hub :) Just keep on keeping on being you and doing what you do.

      @Taram it is true that a great deal of clothing which is now 'women's clothing' was once the domain of men. High heels, for instance were originally for men, and lace used to adorn fine men's clothing. It is also true that pink was once for boys and blue was once for girls.

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      ILoveLingerie 

      9 years ago

      Quite nicely put and it's a bit funny, just as I like it;)

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      Taram 

      9 years ago

      Just wondering how different type of clothes came into exixtance for men and women from the very begining of primitive age. In those forest days men and women must have similar type of clothings, including lingeries.

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      SatinJenni 

      9 years ago from Burlington Ontario Canada

      Ignorance of reality is bliss isn't it? People must realize (and I think with the advent of the Internet that they are!) Lingerie wearing men are a larger portion of society than previously understood. Is there really anything wrong with the colour and choice of my underwear that would be a concern of another?

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      Gunnau 

      9 years ago from Central Coast NSW Australia

      As usual Hope, your observations are spot on.

      We as a collective society have been so hard wired into what should and should not be normal, the chances of individuality has been long lost. Men must be rough tough and all manly. The fashion industry is evident of this in what shows up on the runways and in the stores for men to wear. A change away from this would be to fly in the face of conservatives thinking and fear and lothing follows. A good example of this can be found on the interweb by googling things like men's panties, Men's leggings, skirts etc, and read the narrow minded opinions.

      I think we will be wearing our panties in private and hope our parners find the fun and sexyness lingerie can provide.

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