I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen this site with my own eyes — pantyhose … I’m sorry. MANTYHOSE for the daring, fashion-forward man. Courtesy of e-Mancipate, a site dedicated to increasing the acceptance of a fashion item most women hate wearing.
Negatives: More emo than emo, what the hell is this? Maybe this is because I’m a woman and view pantyhose as a negative. Something akin to control top panties, girdles, underwire bras, corsets and other devices meant to impose and impossible standard of beauty onto women. And just when Michelle Obama is declaring to the women of the world to stop being help prisoner by expensive pieces of nylon that almost always rip either as you’re putting them on or right after you put them on, this monstrosity rolls up.
Seriously. Why? What man would want to do this to himself, gay, straight, emo or ridiculously fey? What other symbol of female subjugation would this hypothetical pantyhose man like to co-opt? Would he like to get paid 75 cents on the dollar for his work? Be valued only for looks and youth? Have people pay his parents to get him married off? Menstrual cramps? Because men can totally have my menstrual cramps. They are an MFing pain in the ass.
That said, if you’re a dude who is wondering if you have the stones to rock pink tights, that’s your prerogative, Bobby Brown. You do what you want to do. But if you want take up the fashion S&M nightmares women have been burdened by, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, RuPaul and I have a pair of stilettos to sell you.