Men in pantyhose: it’s a movement????

According to Elle magazine it is. In an earlier post, I commented on the flexibility of fashion and my appreciation for those who embraced a wider range of clothing choices for men and women (particularly for men, since women can wear pants or dresses or suits or skirts, and get away with it, whereas men have fewer choices, it seems). Then I came across this movement related to men wearing tights and pantyhose. Um, women don’t even dig pantyhose. They feel tight and they clean to your tummy, leaving impressions and marks for 10 minutes after you take them off. Why would even a small minority of men want to wear them? I’m aware of the small minority of men who masturbate while holding (or partially wearing) women’s pantyhose… but wearing them for regular wear? Really? Learn about the movement on e-mancipate.net.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Peter

    “They feel tight and they clean to your tummy, leaving impressions and marks for 10 minutes after you take them off”

    1., If you buy the right size it’s not tight. But you have to be honest regards to your weight.
    2., Buy a pantyhose with a wide waistband and it won’t leave any traces ever.

  • Peter

    “They feel tight and they clean to your tummy, leaving impressions and marks for 10 minutes after you take them off”

    1., If you buy the right size it’s not tight. But you have to be honest regards to your weight.
    2., Buy a pantyhose with a wide waistband and it won’t leave any traces ever.

  • http://sheergeek.blogspot.com/ Sheer Geek

    Tights and pantyhose are soft, lightweight, warm and comfortable so it is easy to see why men would want to wear them. In fact, a recent study showed that 40% of tights/pantyhose sold by a major on-line hosiery retailer were sold to male customers. Granted, some of these sales will be for fetish reasons, but I believe that it is a very small percentage.

    Most of the men that wear tights or pantyhose do so for any one of a host of reasons – warmth; medical needs; comfort or simply because they like them. Most men that wear tights/pantyhose are not cross-dressers or gay. The reason that most men keep their legwear preferences to themselves is because of the vicious circle of social conditioning: Men don’t wear tights/pantyhose publicly because they fear that the general public will think it is weird. Whereas the general public are likely to think it is weird because men don’t wear tights/pantyhose in public – if it were to be an everyday occurrence, then no-one would think anything of it; this is much like the vicious circle that women had to break down when they started to wear trousers/pants and other clothes traditionally associated with men.

    This is why there is a need for sites like e-mancipate; to spread the word about the fashion options for men’s legwear and to educate the public about tights for men and pantyhose for men.

  • http://sheergeek.blogspot.com Sheer Geek

    Tights and pantyhose are soft, lightweight, warm and comfortable so it is easy to see why men would want to wear them. In fact, a recent study showed that 40% of tights/pantyhose sold by a major on-line hosiery retailer were sold to male customers. Granted, some of these sales will be for fetish reasons, but I believe that it is a very small percentage.

    Most of the men that wear tights or pantyhose do so for any one of a host of reasons – warmth; medical needs; comfort or simply because they like them. Most men that wear tights/pantyhose are not cross-dressers or gay. The reason that most men keep their legwear preferences to themselves is because of the vicious circle of social conditioning: Men don’t wear tights/pantyhose publicly because they fear that the general public will think it is weird. Whereas the general public are likely to think it is weird because men don’t wear tights/pantyhose in public – if it were to be an everyday occurrence, then no-one would think anything of it; this is much like the vicious circle that women had to break down when they started to wear trousers/pants and other clothes traditionally associated with men.

    This is why there is a need for sites like e-mancipate; to spread the word about the fashion options for men’s legwear and to educate the public about tights for men and pantyhose for men.

  • Debby

    If only it were so easy! Even if you buy tights that are big on you (as I’ve done many times since my weight puts me in the small category but my height puts me in the medium category), they can still end up leaving slight marks on my body. There’s just a heck of a lot of elastic in there – at least for women’s tights. I don’t know about men’s tights, having never worn them before.

    We’ll see if this men’s tights craze catches on or not… at the very least, men might discover the good side of how the tights can keep one warm in Fall and Winter!!

  • Debby

    If only it were so easy! Even if you buy tights that are big on you (as I’ve done many times since my weight puts me in the small category but my height puts me in the medium category), they can still end up leaving slight marks on my body. There’s just a heck of a lot of elastic in there – at least for women’s tights. I don’t know about men’s tights, having never worn them before.

    We’ll see if this men’s tights craze catches on or not… at the very least, men might discover the good side of how the tights can keep one warm in Fall and Winter!!

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    Nah no surprising at all. Google knows all about this allready :D

  • http://www.girlsandnylons.com/women-sexy-legs/listuser-kathka.html maja

    Nah no surprising at all. Google knows all about this allready :D

  • Jeff

    I do wear footless black tights all the time…mostly at home though. I don’t want to do anything that will alienate women though…so I am careful about when and where I do wear them. Black footless tights are seemingly pretty acceptable though for some reason underneath long knee length gym shorts almost anywhere. I don’t consider it feminine .. its just me. I wore them every day wrestling in high school, we had to walk past the cheerleaders to get to the wrestling room ..the cheerleaders would whistle at us…at the time I thought nothing of it at all..its probably easier for me to wear tights from that experience than for other men.

  • Jeff

    I do wear footless black tights all the time…mostly at home though. I don’t want to do anything that will alienate women though…so I am careful about when and where I do wear them. Black footless tights are seemingly pretty acceptable though for some reason underneath long knee length gym shorts almost anywhere. I don’t consider it feminine .. its just me. I wore them every day wrestling in high school, we had to walk past the cheerleaders to get to the wrestling room ..the cheerleaders would whistle at us…at the time I thought nothing of it at all..its probably easier for me to wear tights from that experience than for other men.

  • bill kendzie

    I wear tights for cold weather bicycle riding. they recently saved my legs from being as scratched as my arns in a fall at 20+mph. All ican say now is pantyhose and tights forever w.k.

  • http://na bill kendzie

    I wear tights for cold weather bicycle riding. they recently saved my legs from being as scratched as my arns in a fall at 20+mph. All ican say now is pantyhose and tights forever w.k.