The Panty Revolution: Why Men In Lingerie Matter
Why Do You Think As You Do?
Some might say that this sort of thing is heralding the decline of Western Civilization, (along with the atheist homosexual agenda, whatever that may be), but it is undeniable that many things that once were firmly stuck in the closet have been coming to light over the last decade or so. Just a few months ago, same sex couples were granted the right to marry in California, and in the years prior to that, same sex marriage, or civil unions became a reality in several countries. It's not just the gay community which has benefited from this new freedom however, it is also the straight community, who can now be freer about their proclivities and desires in ways that would have been career destroying in the 1980's.
Men who like to wear lingerie, for instance, can now do so more openly than ever before. Several of my readers have written to me, or commented on how they quite often shop for lingerie in stores, not in a surreptitious manner, but openly and forthrightly. Not only are they not daemonized and cast out of the store for wanting to purchase bras or panties, they quite often report receiving exemplary service from the store clerks. Whilst not all men who like lingerie may enjoy this extent of purchasing freedom, it is none the less a step in the right direction that those souls who do brave the public eye, are more often than not, treated no differently from any other customer.
Whilst there are some negative aspects to the opening of society (because that's really what is happening here, we don't have more gay people, or more men who want to wear lingerie than we ever did, its just that these people are no longer forced to hide in quite the same fashion as they once were), there are also benefits. With increased exposure comes increased understanding, not just of others, but of ourselves, and the way society works.
Though you probably wouldn't think it to read all these articles, the wearing of panties or a bra by a heterosexual man is hardly what I would call red letter news. They're simply scraps of fabric which mean nothing in themselves, but which have been invested with meaning and significance by society at large. For a man to wear them, taboos and boundaries must be stretched, if not shattered. Some people find this disturbing. The idea of a man in lingerie can even be sickening to these people - yet if you covered the same guy with a T-shirt instead - simply a differently shaped piece of fabric, everything would be okay.
Men wearing lingerie pushes our ideas of masculinity, and challenges the inbuilt social programming which we are subjected to from an early age. This is not always pleasant, and many people will reject the idea, calling it gross, and even 'wrong'. If they took the time to think about it in a more abstract sense, they might be surprised at the vehemence they reacted with. If we'd been raised from babies to believe that men wore skirts and women wore slacks and that lacy panties were for boys, would we then be disgusted to see a man in a pair of y-fronts? Probably.
The choice then is do we see beyond the artificial constructs which frame society, forcing us all into little boxes denoted by dress, accessories, and toys, or do we look beyond those things to the things that matter, kindness, humanity, love, acceptance, tolerance.
I'm not saying everyone should love men in lingerie any more than I am saying everyone should love pistachio nuts, but I do think there is something to be gained from looking at ourselves and why we think the way we do about these issues.