Men stuck between rock and hard place when making underwear decisions
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Men and women seem to go about making their underwear decisions in a completely different manner. While women's underwear seems to be focused on showing off, being sexy and projecting an image, most men's underwear seems to be more about covering up, fitting in and being bland. Compare the eye catching boldness of a Victoria's Secret's line to the pale white briefs, or the baggy geometrical shape-filled boxers that most men wear.Men and women seem to go about making their underwear decisions in a completely different manner. While women's underwear seems to be focused on showing off, being sexy and projecting an image, most men's underwear seems to be more about covering up, fitting in and being bland. Compare the eye catching boldness of a Victoria's Secret's line to the pale white briefs, or the baggy geometrical shape-filled boxers that most men wear. To be sure, anatomy plays a role in this dichotomy. Not only do men need a little more room to hang around in, but through a fluke of nature the upper thigh area and buttocks, while frequently quite nice to look at on women, is downright ugly on most men. For some reason, on men the hair in that area can get quite patchy with little tufts sprouting up in dark, non-uniform clumps. And since a man's upper thigh/buttocks area rarely sees the sun, it frequently suffers from a kind of doughy translucence that only the worst stylists would choose to show off. But that is not the whole story about why men's choices in the undergarment world are so limited. Bubbling underneath the practical calculations most men make when choosing what undies to don, is a fear, perhaps subconscious, of choosing an article of clothing that seems "weird" - or perhaps gay. How else do you explain the milquetoast blandness of most men's choices? If dark red panties look good on their wives and girlfriends, why not on themselves? Probably most of us were conditioned to choose the boring over the bodacious in the locker rooms of our junior high and high schools. Consider my childhood friend Dan. He started wearing very tight, brightly colored underwear at the age of 13. When he slipped into his hip hugging bikini briefs in the privacy of his own home, there is no doubt that he admired his look in the mirror. But when he had to wriggle out of his jeans and into his baseball uniform in the boys locker room, he would move with lightening speed to try and provide his peers with limited looks at his under garment of choice. Of course, no matter how quickly he moved, or how baggy he wore his shirts, we would still catch a lightening quick glimpse of bright purple briefs, or glitter-speckled hot-pink bikini underwear. Before long, the insult we considered the ultimate put down was flitting around the locker room - "Dan, Dan the panty man is queer." Who wouldn't make decisions to avoid that kind of abuse? Homophobia has a strong hold on most adolescent minds that many men never quite shake. Enter into the realm of men's underwear choices a new, acceptable-on-Main-Street, yet "sexy" underwear: the boxer/briefs. The hybrid under shorts, whose image was buttressed by the model Marky Mark and the basket ball legend Michael Jordan who wear them, have swept the nation since their introduction a few years ago. They allow men to be sexy and straight at the same time. And men have flocked to them like pigeons to the park. The booming popularity of the garment shows that men have been thirsting for something that they could wear under their suit pants that would catch the eye of their lovers, but not the eyes of other men in the men's room. The question is: does this signify a start of a trend? Will more and more men realize that they like feeling sexy in their boxer/briefs and start making even bolder underwear choices? Or is this just a blip on the screen? Maybe when most men develop holes in their $9 boxer/briefs, they will just chuck them and go back to their vanilla tighty-whiteys and their boxers. I, for one, certainly hope not. - DD
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