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Old 02-19-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Gendered clothing and fashion influences how we see each gender. In recent years, women wearing more clothing designed to emphasise their figure/sexiness has made us, sub-consciously, view them as more sexual than me, I mean in terms of what they represent. Like the fact that short shorts are now (but were never before) seem as 'gay' because they've been mainly worn by girls/women in the past say, 15-20 years, is simply because we've sub-consciously associated them with females and generally only see female thighs nowadays...this trend might be changing again though, as trends usually do. Also women shave their legs, use all kinds of product.etc, wear makeup etc. Either way, would you date a woman who say she generally found the male body ugly or boring? I wouldn't...
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:58 AM
 
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I don't know about Australia, but in the United States, I would not expect to see male bare thighs (as in short shorts) anytime soon. While some of the younger under 30ish white male crowd seems to be embracing the look, it is still very much taboo everywhere else. You will get stared at, laughed at, had comments made to you, and quite possibly, find a disparaging picture of yourself on the internet. As for females, like most other social aspects, have a lot more freedom to do what they want, though there are some limitations. At one time, women were very limted to what they could wear like men are, but they fought to change that. Men can do the same, but collectively, they won't because of homophobia.
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I don't know about Australia, but in the United States, I would not expect to see male bare thighs (as in short shorts) anytime soon. While some of the younger under 30ish white male crowd seems to be embracing the look, it is still very much taboo everywhere else. You will get stared at, laughed at, had comments made to you, and quite possibly, find a disparaging picture of yourself on the internet. As for females, like most other social aspects, have a lot more freedom to do what they want, though there are some limitations. At one time, women were very limted to what they could wear like men are, but they fought to change that. Men can do the same, but collectively, they won't because of homophobia.
Of course, I'm sure you're aware in the 70s and 80s men wore the same short shorts as women did...since that was the norm, there was none of that. Women have restrictions like not being able to go topless, yet I feel female fashion still emphasises sexuality.

I think any insecurity over fashion faux pas is actually gayer than being comfortable enough to wear what you want regardless. The joke's on them, the idea the male body is something shameful to be covered up. It's rather pathetic if you ask me.
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