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Old 12-08-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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the white tank undershirts are not wifebeaters... at least around here, the so-called wifebeaters are the regular t-shirts that have the sleeves "personalized" purposefully cut off (to be stylish)? I have noticed that they also sell a style of shirt like this now.
The white undershirts of any style are exactly that... undershirts.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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It annoys me a lot when men who wear tanks are called "wife beaters".

So, if a guy prefers to wear a tank to bed in the summer for a comfortable night's sleep, he is or will be a wife beater . I do this 5 months a year around my house and do not want to be grouped as such. Which man in their right mind would beat their wife, and why is it associated with a common clothing material.

Its similar to grouping women who feel comfortable wearing short tight shorts and skimpy tops are "sluts". Why do we allow one's clothing preferences to define their attitude. Such stereotypes should not exist .

Please discuss your thoughts and feelings.

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And in truth, "husband beaters" who wear tank tops exist as well , though there are very few.
I don't think you should take this too seriously. It's just a joke. There is a stereotypical image of the angry, aggressive man wearing a sleeveless t-shirt. T-shirts with sleeves aren't called wife beaters.

My grandpop used to wear sleeveless t-shirts and he treated my grandmother like gold, so I know the stereotype doesn't hold 100% of the time. But it doesn't bother me and sometimes I use the term myself. If you're secure enough about yourself, you can embrace the joke, the same way I, though partially of Irish descent, use the term "Irish cologne" to describe the whiskey smell people have after a night of heavy drinking.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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Yeah the whole "wife beater" thing is just a tongue-in-cheek joke type of deal. I always just called them men's undershirts. Growing up my dad wore these under his dress shirts.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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Do guys in the current generation still wear sleeveless T shirts outside the gym. They may not exactly be "trendy", but it is the most comfortable option when my pits start overheating (it happens sometimes in spite of using deodorant) and I want to cool off. Sleeveless T-shirts for men provide cross ventilation across the body and help me stay cool during a heat wave. At the same time, they cover up my disgusting chest.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:15 PM
 
Location: FLG/PHX/MKE
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So, bottom line is that its just a silly name for tanks men wear.

The thing is though, tanks I wear at home are more in line with an image posted by a previous member (without the graphic though), and she says they are not called "wife beaters".

So, is the term "wife beaters" limited to thin strapped sleeveless tanks for men. Where do you draw the fine line between a Wife beater and Sleeveless T-shirt (or) muscle tee from a guys perspective.
In my opinion, wife beaters are the cheap ass white trash ones like Fruit of the Loom, with the ratty hem on the bottom, which apparently need a warning on the package that reads "this package contains underwear". Because it's underwear.

There are nicer tank tops for guys, with finished bottom hem and better material, that don't look like the underwear. As already mentioned, if you don't have the body or the tan to wear one, it looks sloppy no matter what. Some things are better off left to the imagination.

And I'm not going to get into where people wear them. The beach, gym, out running or doing outdoor things are fine, IMO.
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Wife beater means the white UNDERWEAR top not regular tanks.

It comes from the stereotype of a guy sitting around in his underwear all day drinking and getting drunk and losing it.
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I hated that show "Cops". Police are portrayed as very violent people on that show, while in reality they are actually nice people. In my town, such situations occasionally occur, but they are never dealt with in such a violent and boneheaded manner. Consequently, people don't act very violently as well and comply. I feel that some of their actions do in fact look like police brutality and use of excessive force. I live in a small jersey suburban town though. Things may be different in a big city hood.
I don't know what show you watched but that portrayal never happened. They are VERY PATIENT. TOO patient.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:33 PM
 
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Arm pits are just gross IMO. Double YUK!
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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To all of us that know and love 1980's music a "wife beater" is proudly worn by the actor Cully Holland in the video of the group Til Tuesday's song "Voices Carry".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voices_Carry_(song)
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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Arm pits are just gross IMO. Double YUK!
Not if you know how to deal with the Yuckiness .

If men trim their underarm hair in summer and clean off all the dirt, grime & sweat carefully while showering, then its not all that disgusting to wear tanks. I do this all the time. My doedorant is also very effective (Dove men+care). It locks in the freshness and moisture to make underarm skin feel reasonably smooth.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:01 PM
 
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These kind of shirts never made sense to me. They leave out one of the most important areas of the shirt: the underarm. Hello!
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