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Happy Men Wear Dresses

Updated on April 14, 2010
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Look at this guy in this picture. Look how freakin' happy he is. If dresses made me feel this happy, I might actually wear them a little more often. As a woman however, it is my job to steadily usurp male fashion, which is why today I am wearing a tweed jacket, smoking a pipe and preening a lush, false mustache. But enough about me, back to these happy guys in dresses.

Suggesting that a man wear a dress is often like saying 'walkies' to a dog. Some men remain indifferent, preferring to sleep by the heater, but a lot of them perk up and start throwing themselves around the room until you put the dress on them, at which point they rush about the place, sniffing things and proudly displaying their finery.

Why some women object so much to men wearing dresses, I don't know. Personally, I like seeing men happy and having fun, and I don't think it is any accident that when some men have a little bit to drink they suddenly think that the most fun thing in the world to do would be to put on a dress. You know the men I am talking about. The men for whom the slightest trace of alcohol passing their lips is a trigger for them to break out their frilly pink finery, which everyone accepts as being amusing because hey, he's drinking, so it's fun, right? The reason why he has frilly pink finery on hand never seems to cross anyone's mind, it's just all part of the fun. If, on the other hand, he showed up to give a report on the Jones account in his pink dress, he would probably be chastised, and not because pink isn't an official company color.

Humans have a remarkable ability to compartmentalize behavior and shut down their brains when it comes to seeing that the compartments have no meaning. If it's cool for a guy to wear a dress when he's drinking, it should be cool for a guy to wear a dress anytime, like when he wants to advertise a car wash, as in the picture above.

If dresses make men happy, then men should wear dresses. It's not that awful of a concept, it's not as if I'm advocating they wear dresses made of human skin or anything like that, they should simply wear the same sorts of dresses women get to wear whenever they feel like it.

In fact, everyone should be able to wear whatever they want to wear. What a wonderful world that would be, where we judged people only on how much fun they were having wearing their clothing, and not what their clothing actually looked like. As long as we remain barely evolved monkeys, that's probably just wishful thinking, but like Martin Luther King would no doubt agree, it doesn't hurt to have a dream.


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      David Lim 

      9 years ago from Singapore

      "I have a dream that one day our land will be transformed from the shackles of discrimination into a situation where men, among with their women folk, can walk the streets freely, and without ridicule, in clothing of their choice, whether it be shirts, pants or dresses.

      I have a dream today."

      But if that day should ever come, I think I'd still pass on the dress. :)

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      9 years ago

      Great read. It made me happy :D

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      9 years ago

      Keep up your good hubs, Hope! How can we get the message of "Wear what you want to wear" out to more men? Women don't seem to need much encouragement to do so. And you're correct. Since this man acceptably draws enjoyable attention to the car wash why not whenever? On my day off I heartily enjoy sitting on the patio in a dress savoring coffee and a pipe of excellent tobacco--living a bit of dream. Doing this in the company of like-minded would be better.


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