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Old 11-12-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I've told this story on the forum before, but maybe it's time to trot it out again.

In 1998, I was working at a gas station. An elderly man in very short, lemon-yellow shorts (and matching golf shirt) came in to ask for directions. He was tall and our counters were fairly low. I started drawing him a map and then noticed that his nuts (sorry, but the forum will censor the medical term for them) were hanging out the side of his shorts. I wasn't comfortable saying anything to him about it, but my coworker, who never had a shy day in her life, burst out with, "Pardon me, sir, but I think you may have dropped a nut!"

My FIL used to have trouble with same thing. He would be holding my infant, I'd look down, and the boys were hanging out (now he managed this with basketball shorts which is odd and troubling).

And that is why I wholeheartedly believe that mens shorts should be knee-length or not more than a few inches above.

If you need to be a trendsetter and go shorter than that, please wear the appropriate undergarments.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:01 AM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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We somehow went back to the bible belt way and now men wear super long so-called shorts to cover up more. It is kind of silly. Glad they wear shorts in Europe at least. They just don't worry so much about showing a little leg. Oh and as far as comfort, shorter shorts are way more comfortable. They don't need to be tight at all, just fit.
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Old 11-12-2013, 11:28 AM
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"Why do a majority of women dislike a man wearing above the knee shorts?"

How do you know a majority of women dislike anything? Have you asked a majority or have you just taken it upon yourself to speak for them?
You don't need to go and ask everyone a question if you want to know how a large group feels about an issue. You can do a survey. They work.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Wow, you sure are judgmental. Some of us would rather be comfortable than worry about impressing shallow strangers.
Yes, I am judgmental. I have standards that include dressing very casually in church or in business offices is inappropriate. You're free not to adhere to my standards. I'm free to make the assumption that your desire to be comfortable over showing respect to customers, co-workers, and co-worshipers is rude.
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:47 PM
 
Location: S. Nevada
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You mean like this?

<Picture of Reno 911 character here>
LOL, I saw a guy dressed up like this on the Las Vegas Strip recently - he was one of those "pose for pictures for tips" people. He didn't look too happy. (An increasing number of "show girl" picture posers on the strip it would seem...)

And my wise okole answer will be "because his legs look better than her's!"
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Old 11-12-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I don't know how many here watch Mad Men, but when Bob Benson showed up in his little fish shorts, my Facebook wall blew up with a bunch of women saying "mmm...look at those legs." So yeah: Mad Men Fashion: Salute Bob Benson's Shorts! | MOD | Portland Mercury
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I've told this story on the forum before, but maybe it's time to trot it out again.

In 1998, I was working at a gas station. An elderly man in very short, lemon-yellow shorts (and matching golf shirt) came in to ask for directions. He was tall and our counters were fairly low. I started drawing him a map and then noticed that his nuts (sorry, but the forum will censor the medical term for them) were hanging out the side of his shorts. I wasn't comfortable saying anything to him about it, but my coworker, who never had a shy day in her life, burst out with, "Pardon me, sir, but I think you may have dropped a nut!"

My FIL used to have trouble with same thing. He would be holding my infant, I'd look down, and the boys were hanging out (now he managed this with basketball shorts which is odd and troubling).

And that is why I wholeheartedly believe that mens shorts should be knee-length or not more than a few inches above.

If you need to be a trendsetter and go shorter than that, please wear the appropriate undergarments.
That's like saying sheer blouses are ugly just because you need to wear undergarments with them.

I have worn many beautiful sheer tops/open weave sweaters that would not have been appropriate without wearing something underneath.

Same goes for many skirts and dresses I have worn.

Just because you needed to wear a slip under them didn't make the style ugly or inappropriate.
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Old 11-12-2013, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Rathdrum, ID
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I live in a very integrated city and wear just-above-the-knee shorts constantly during the spring/summer/autumn, except for church services or fancy dinners out on the town. I have never heard any derogatory comments about my choice of dress. I'm not a youngster either at 62. Maybe the view of my chiseled legs due to over a hundred miles of cycling every week mitigate any snide remarks I may get. I don't care what anybody thinks and would rather be comfortable.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:12 PM
 
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Simple answer - there are unfortunately a lot of judgmental people in the world who have nothing better to do or feel compelled to bring themselves up however they can.
I couldn't care less what people think about my appearance; neither should you!
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:18 PM
 
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I've told this story on the forum before, but maybe it's time to trot it out again.

In 1998, I was working at a gas station. An elderly man in very short, lemon-yellow shorts (and matching golf shirt) came in to ask for directions. He was tall and our counters were fairly low. I started drawing him a map and then noticed that his nuts (sorry, but the forum will censor the medical term for them) were hanging out the side of his shorts. I wasn't comfortable saying anything to him about it, but my coworker, who never had a shy day in her life, burst out with, "Pardon me, sir, but I think you may have dropped a nut!"

My FIL used to have trouble with same thing. He would be holding my infant, I'd look down, and the boys were hanging out (now he managed this with basketball shorts which is odd and troubling).

And that is why I wholeheartedly believe that mens shorts should be knee-length or not more than a few inches above.

If you need to be a trendsetter and go shorter than that, please wear the appropriate undergarments.
That's hilarious. Unintentional flashing happened quite a bit in the late 70's and early 80's. Those 1" or 2" inseam cotton gym shorts that lots of people wore revealed way too much...........on men and women. As my Mom said indignantly, "It's not public hair."
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