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The Storming of the Brastielle | Fashion Freedom For Men

Updated on October 16, 2009

Allons enfants de la lingerie...

Le jour de gloire et arrive!

The time has come for the virtual storming of the brastille. Men, it is time to break down the barriers which have kept you away from lingerie. Storm the brastielle, obtain that lingerie which has been locked away from you and wear it proudly!

Of course, like all revolutions, there is more to this than meets the eye. The storming of the brastielle is about more than lingerie, it's about fashion freedom and equal rights for men and women. It's about wearing what makes you feel good (which, of course, means that if you don't want to wear lingerie, you shouldn't.) Wear a Wolf T-Shirt. Wear a smurfs cap. Wear that cape you think makes you look like Edward from Twilight. Wear whatever you want.

Why does it matter whether or not men (who want to) actually do or do not wear lingerie? Why should men rise up against the bonds of cotton vests and tighty whities? Why not simply accept the clothing hand you were dealt when you were born? It's not such a big deal, is it?

Why indeed! Why did the suffragettes strap themselves to horses? Why did Harriet cause all that trouble on the bus? Why did women burn their bras? Why did Mahatma Ghandi sit around annoying the government for all those years? Because without action, there can be no change. By accepting the status quo and failing to challenge it, even in a small, private way, we perpetuate that which we abhor.

Fashion freedom could potentially lead to freedom in other areas. How? Well, if we come to accept that a man can wear a bra and panties, we also come to accept that men should be able to wear whatever they want, which means that we can come to understand that people are not defined by their clothing. It's a shocking theory, but it might just be crazy enough to work.

Of course, I should warn you that embracing those men who want to wear lingerie involves also embracing the feminine aspects of men. Some might argue that men embracing their feminine aspects works against evolution. We're essentially all cave monkeys looking for the strongest alpha males to take charge of the tribe and protect us from predators, after all. We mistake clothing cues for real cues about a man's virility and worthiness, and we cause great amounts of pain and suffering within ourselves and others when we assume that these cues, designed to help primitive monkeys find suitable mates, reflect an absolute reality in the modern world.

Modern society has always been about moving away from primal actions, which is why it is no longer considered okay to attack a tribe a few miles away and steal their women. We don't view women as being property anymore, in the West, at least. Women are free to wear what they want, perhaps it is time men were free to do the same?

Everyone wants to feel loved, accepted and valued for being what they are. Storming the brastielle and freeing men to wear whatever they want can, in some small way, free us all.


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      New to this 

      8 years ago

      I’m just breaking into the men’s fashion freedom movement. I wear a dress occasionally (at home and inside only) but am thinking seriously about buying a pair of pedal pushers and maybe even a blouse. I really wish I could find a clothier who would help me find a combination of men’s and women’s attire that would be distinctly “me”.

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      Feline Prophet 

      9 years ago

      I hear it's not just the Scots who are taking to skirts now. Vive la change!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Interesting statistics, SatinJenni. I have more than one male friend who has already taken up the revolution and very nice they look too!

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      9 years ago

      If it ever gets warm, the fog lifts and the wind dies here in San Francisco I may get out in a skirt. I've already been out in crop or capri pants and sandals with a nice pedicure so that is the next logical step.

      How women wear skirts in this town I don't know. But I thank them all for the inspiration.

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      9 years ago from Burlington Ontario Canada

      I believe the revolution may already have begone. Apparently mens underwear sales are down 12% in the last 12 months (Recession don't you know!) while at the same time womens lingerie sales are up 5%. Mens underwear sales are forcast to drop another 2.3% this year. Now tell me, if the guys aren't buying man briefs, could it be they are buying panties instead?

      You can read more here at


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