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Old 11-11-2019, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Florida
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My 32 year old son wears them but never as outerwear.
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Old 11-11-2019, 09:23 AM
 
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Yes, it's what I normally wear at home, but I'm usually wearing dress slacks and suspenders also. But barefoot.
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Do men today still wear those? Yeah I get not judge men because of fabric, but nevertheless it still has a awful connotation.
Those are known as tank tops, and yes, we wear them all the time. They are great in hot weather. "Wife beater" is a term generally used by the dull and ignorant among the lower classes.
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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Those are known as tank tops, and yes, we wear them all the time. They are great in hot weather. "Wife beater" is a term generally used by the dull and ignorant among the lower classes.
The terminology actually goes the other way around. It's usually a term cast down upon the lower class or perceived white trash.

While a 'wife beater' may be a tank top, a tank top is not always a 'wife beater' either.
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Old 11-11-2019, 10:57 AM
 
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I still have a couple of them from various Harley shops around the world. Don't wear them often but sometimes I just gotta show off my tats - hula girl on right arm, mermaid on the left. I've always appreciated fine art.
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Fairfield of the Ohio
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When I was young, they were called "athletic undershirts" or "A-shirts."

The term "wifebeater shirt" got coined some time around 2000.

I think the term is more classist than misogynist, in reference to such shirts being worn by working-class men, and working-class men being stereotyped as "wifebeaters."

The term "wife beater shirt" originated in the 40s or 50s. It actually came from a mugshot of some slob who got arrested for assaulting his wife. He was wearing a dirty stained undershirt with the neck and arm holes all stretched out. They started calling him "the wife beater". It went from there.
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Old 11-11-2019, 11:39 AM
 
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The term "wife beater shirt" originated in the 40s or 50s. It actually came from a mugshot of some slob who got arrested for assaulting his wife. He was wearing a dirty stained undershirt with the neck and arm holes all stretched out. They started calling him "the wife beater". It went from there.

"Wifebeater" in reference to a man who beats his wife is over a hundred years old. Suffragettes wrote about "wifebeaters."
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Old 11-11-2019, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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They are just called "Beaters" now. I saw an ad somewhere advertising them.

So I guess you can beat your spouse or Significant Other in one, regardless of gender.
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Old 11-11-2019, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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"Wife Beaters"? In my family, they are referred to as "Italian Dinner Jackets".
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Old 11-11-2019, 03:07 PM
 
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The correct term is "undershirt".

I don't like them as undershirts; they are present where I don't need any more insulation and they don't keep underarm sweat off the outer shirt. On the extremely rare occasions when I wear an undershirt I just wear a thin white T shirt.

But as hot natured as I am, and the way most people keep houses and buildings overheated, I'm usually wishing I could take some clothes off, not add more on.
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