RainbowDash

Can guys wear skirts?

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In my opinion gender should be completely disassociated from clothing, it should be down to an individual to decide what they feel comfortable wearing, not for society to judge what is and is not acceptable. 

 

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Related to this thread, I've recently took a few steps towards disregarding social norms in clothing. I've started going to class barefoot, and while I gotten a few questions about my choice in footwear(i.e. the total lack thereof), no one has said anything condemning. More recently I bought enough women's tunics to replace all of my t-shirts, and I'm loving the thinner, stretchier fabric and the fact they're long enough to not be midriff tops when worn with shorts that are too tight in the waist to fit over my gut.

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A hundred years ago, women wearing pants was indeed considered crossdressing. The thing is, male clothes are generally more practical, especially when it comes to doing any kind of physical work or vigorous physical activity. So it's no wonder that when women started doing more of these traditionally male activities, they started adopting male dress. Today, pants are a natural part of women's wardrobe, so it's not really associated with either gender anymore.

But yeah, don't fault me for thinking you look feminine if you're a man and you wear clothes that are exclusively associated with women. Clothes speak, and it's only natural that we read them as such. It doesn't help that most men who wear female-associated clothes are indeed on some level trying to appear feminine. I probably would have said the same thing if I was some bum farmer a hundred years ago and saw a woman in pants, although if she made the argument that they were more practical and felt nicer I might have changed my mind. I know my great-grandmother (who would have been 111 this year) was an outlier in wearing jeans, although they are undoubtedly more comfortable working attire when doing farmwork than dresses or skirts, which were the typical dress of the day for women living in the countryside nearly a century ago. I do kind of admire her for her very modern attitudes, actually. When asked about sex before marriage, she replied simply, "You've got to try on the shoes to see if they fit before you buy them." Which puts a different spin on a person who was, by the time I knew her, so old and hard of hearing that it was almost impossible to carry a conversation with her.

I don't want to take away anyone's choice when it comes to what they want to wear, but at the same time, if there is no practical reason to do so, if you wear clothes associated with the other gender I'll certainly be inclined to think of you as more feminine/masculine than the average person of your gender. We can't ever divorce clothing choices from assumptions about a person's identity, I don't think, because clothes are a big part of how we express our identities. I've known guys who would crossdress for Halloween and no one gave them shit for it; everyone thought it was funny and daring. They had a practical reason for their choice: that day of the year when taking on a radically different identity, whether that be a zombie or a woman, is considered okay. But if they wore the same thing on a different day eyebrows would certainly be raised.

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^Too bad practicality hasn't won out outside manual labor. Business attire is easily the most uncomfortable thing I've ever been expected to wear.

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I'm a little careful about what I wear in public. I do wear women's satin panties most of the time and sometimes pantyhose under my jeans and in the cold weather leggings or tights under my jeans. I wear a pair of my girlfriends pajamas to bed most nights for comfort. In the warm weather I sometimes wear a pair of her nylon jogging shorts with the built in moisture wicking panty. 

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Don't think I'd ever wear skirts (well, not in public) butttttttt.

I obviously wear panties.  I have tights, as well as skinny jeans/pants too (17s or 15s fit me no problem, my avatar is actually of my skinny green cargo pants).  Also wear knee-high/thigh-high socks, leggings, short-shorts, and I have a few shoes that would probably pass for "feminine" as well (just Converse in different color combos).

 

I've worn panties, tights (under pants), socks, shoes, and skinny jeans/pants out in public, the others at home.

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I wear skirts fairly often, mostly in the summer.  They're a lot more comfortable than jeans or other conventional male-people clothing in the hot sticky weather.  I go out in public, walk through town, get on the bus or the train, eat in restaurants, etc etc.  No one has ever directly challenged my right or told me I can't be in that space dressed that way (although I've gotten stares and drawn some comments, the most common of which is "Is that a KILT?" to which I reply "No, it's a skirt" and then they don't know what to say next).

I identify as a male girl so I'm totally fine with it causing people to perceive me as feminine, although they may project some incorrect assumptions about my sexual preference along with the recognition of femininity.  There are always tradeoffs.

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I think it should be obvious that men should be able to wear whatever the hell they want, without being judged. Sadly, that is not the society we live in. 

 

I've seen a guy prance around in skirt, probably because he'd lost a bet or something, and people were gathering around him, laughing and joking it off. I admit to pulling a smile at it as well. He did look funny, even in my eyes, but why did he look funny? Exactly. Because it's not something men usually wear. And why is that? Because of the stigma. And humans somehow have it ingrained in them, to act and feel a certain way towards things that are new and unusual.  

If, in the future, the stigma would somehow be reduced, and it would become a common occurrence to see a guy walking around in a skirt, there would be no problem. I guess someone needs to be brave enough to break the norm, and make it a trend. But that would obviously not be an easy thing to do. And it's also likely that people will just laugh it off, think of it as a joke, and then eventually forget about it. So essentially, guys all over the world would have to start doing it on a daily basis for people to really get used to the idea. I don't see that happening anytime soon, but who knows.

 

Anyway, my opinion is that clothes should not have a gender. They are just items. Should work the same way as wearing a wrist clock or socks.

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I think that the reason that we have 'masculine' and 'feminine' clothing stereotypes is mostly a cultural thing, but at the same time is also a legitimate looks thing. And so I will state opinions on both sides

1: Against men being able to wear anything: I.... just have a feeling that your average guy wouldn't look good in female clothing, like I get the image of the big buff man with thick chest hair wearing the frilly pink getup with that image. (Or think of the Lumberjack skit from Monty Python, like that's what I imagine about guys in feminine clothing)

2: For it: though on 'skirts' I think we need more... 'male skirts' in the world. I only separate that from kilt because whilst I do think there should be more kilts too, if we're talking about 'should guys be able to wear skirts' I think that 'traditionally female clothing designed for men' could be considered. I mean, think about female clothing today, a lot of the clothing that was traditionally male got female versions.

3: in the middle. I think the overall thing is 'there should be things made to facilitate this' but men shouldn't be running around in dresses out to work.

4: a MASSIVE FOR: Tunics man, tunics, I don't care if people would just accuse me of wanting to link cosplay around or something, bring back the tunic.

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