Men in Tights: eMAN-cipate want to make it acceptable for men to wear pantyhose. Is it?


For years they’ve been the sole province of us women, but now men want to wear tights, apparently. Or rather, some men want to wear tights. These are the men being targeted by eMAN-cipate – a website which aims "to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item".

The site claims it is not a fetish site, and contains an illustrated guide showing men how to put on pantyhose, plus handy hints for those trying them for the first time, including, "Don’t wear anything unusual (apart from pantyhose of course), used clothes are basically better than new ones, and the more conservative style is the better."

Basically, they just really want it to be acceptable for men to wear tights. So, is it?

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This man is wearing tights. But is he hot, or is he… not?

Well, from an objective point of view, we can’t think of a single reason why men shouldn’t wear tights if they want to.  After all, women get away with wearing more or less anything they want to, with no clothes "forbidden" on grounds of gender, so it does seem only fair that men should have the same options, doesn’t it?

We’d have to say, though, that while we realise this is true, on a purely subjective level, and approaching this as a fashion issue rather than a gender equality one, we just don’t like this look on men. Of course, with that said, we don’t think the American Tan tights shown above are particularly sexy on women, either (although by the time winter rolls around, you’ll have to prise our opaques out of our cold, dead hands), so we are slightly biased here.

As far as fashion alone goes, then, we’d have to say "no" to the men in tights issue, for aesthetic reasons alone.

What about you? Will you be supporting eMAN-cipate in their quest to bring pantyhose to the male masses?


  • July 29, 2008


    If men wear tights, they will have to shave their legs, as hairy legs plus tights is an ugly look. If they do that, well, good on em, really.
    And that guy would be hot, in tights or not,if only he was wearing a better shirt and better shoes!
    Though tights are ugly in themselves – maybe guys should be wearing stockings? There’s a fight for eMAN-cipate!

  • July 29, 2008


    Yuck! I hope this “trend” NEVER happens. Men should only wear tights in ballet.

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  • July 29, 2008


    We are SO going medieval again! Men in tights works for me, so long as their wearing a long tunic and a belt and some leather boots. Don’t ask me why…but I’m sick of “retro” being reserved for the 20th century. I’d like to see more dandys walking around too…some 18th century wigs…Who needs boundaries???
    But to wear tights with ANYTHING men are normally wearing now (cargo shorts, for instance)…is lame and unnecessary. Gah, inspiration is running away with me, must go design mens fashion now.

  • July 29, 2008


    I cant help thinking this is a lost cause for eMAN-cipate – I don’t know any men who would want to wear tights (apart from ballet dancers – then they don’t necessarily want to wear them, they just have to) so I suspect this one wont catch on. Could be a good joke stocking (sorry) filler at christmas though… (I think I might pay good money to see my fella’s face when he opened it… ha ha ha!)

  • July 29, 2008


    *chuckles* I have to agree with Am, I don’t see this one catching on with men in general. I think it looks silly – and personally, I don’t know why men would WANT to wear pantyhose. I think they’re uncomfortable and annoying.

  • July 29, 2008


    Personally, I don’t like wearing tights myself, but if guys want to wear them, go for it.

  • July 29, 2008


    Pantyhose for men has been around for a while. There are quite a few major European and American manufactures that are marketing to men now that their client base of women is shrinking.
    As far as a trend goes, I can’t see shorts and pantyhose on men being a big hit in the office in the near future. Actually I don’t think shorts on anyone in a professional setting is acceptable.
    How about wearing a kilt? – sure. This would be about the only other garment traditionally found in the northern hemisphere that shows off a man’s legs. However (and unfortunately) it is usually reserved for formal occasions. With pantyhose or tights? Well that depends on the situation (climate mostly). Again I don’t think you will see many men heading to the mall to get a kilt and a nice new pair of tights or pantyhose.
    I can understand men wanting to wear shorts and tights or pantyhose while jogging, cycling or working in a cold climate under a pair of pants. – that is fine. We have been seeing this for years.

  • July 29, 2008


    Absolutely horrible! This must be the most unattractive idea I’ve ever heard of!

  • July 29, 2008


    I would find it a bit of a turn off…and I can’t see why men would want to wear tights! They’re annoying – I love summer because i get to wear skirts tight-free :o)

  • July 30, 2008


    I don’t even like tights on women…and on men it’s just sort of odd. Not something I’d like to see as I walk down the streets, you know?

  • July 30, 2008


    I don’t understand why men would want to wear tights. Every man I know complains about being too warm while women are cold. Why would they want to add panty hose to make themselves warmer and more uncomfortable?

  • July 30, 2008


    Granny-tan orthopaedic pantyhose? No way. I don’t want to see those on ANYone, regardless of gender. Opaque black/moss green/navy ones? Sure. I want to bet 50% of those skintight running legging thingies are pantyhose anyway.
    Androgyny ftw.

  • July 30, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    Yes, for me I think the main question here was, “Why on earth would they WANT to wear them?” I find most tights horribly uncomfortable (especially if worn under trousers or shorts, which is what’s being advocated here), and although I think patterned/coloured opaques can look great in the winter, and really make a difference to an outfit, I’ve always considered the nude ones to be a necessary evil for those who can’t get away with bare legs at work.
    As for wearing sheer tights with shorts – part of the joy of summer for me is NOT having to wear tights, so I don’t get that one at all…

  • July 30, 2008


    In medieval times, women couldn’t wear tights: they were men’s apparel.
    So it’s silly to say: men can’t wear them.
    I must say I don’t like them though. And, at least, they should be OPAQUE.

  • July 31, 2008


    Of course they can’t wear them.
    Dont really care what history books tell us, it is just not acceptable..
    And i really don’t think they should feel left out, it’s not a pleasure wearing tights!

  • July 31, 2008


    It’s also worth noting it wasn’t so long ago that women were fighting for the right to wear trousers. If indeed the tables have turned here, would women not wish to set an example of tolerance and acceptance? Rather than follow the path of hypocrisy and object as loudly as men once did.
    It’s social conditioning at play here, it is natural for the average person to react with mistrust and shun those who dare to be different. I believe that those unaffected by these rudimentary brain functions and those who can rise above them are the treasures of society. Sadly, I am not one of them, well not completely, I look at that picture and I do not like what I see. However, I will say that if he was wearing opaques, then my opinion may have been different.
    For society to accept, it must be a gradual process. Those pushing for this revolution have to destroy the femininity of tights if the male populace is seriously going to consider it. The average Man naturally wishes to appear manly, to his peers and to potential mates. Thus if he does engage with his feminine side, it will invariably be behind closed doors because then he will not be judged and his manhood not called into question.
    Take the term ‘pantyhose’ for instance, this word exhumes the feminine, advocates of tights for men should never refer to them under this name. Similarly, tights that are not opaque, are consciously more feminine, as their precedence is to reveal the skin to a degree, ‘revealing skin’ is the practice of women. Thus, if men are to wear tights, it would be a credit to their campaign if they keep within the realm of the high denier.

  • August 3, 2008


    Women wear them more for fashion, but if guys like the feeling of wearing tights go for it. If they do though they should shave their legs.

  • August 3, 2008


    Hi,I’am a bloke who wears tights mostly in the winter. I live in the freezing northeast and also work outdoors and it was my wife’s idea to try them as an extra layer. I can’t wear opaques under trousers, they just irritate my crotch area but thin tights I find ok. It doesn’t cross my mind as being weird wearing them this way, they are just an item of clothing. If I was to waltz down the high street with them on and a skirt then yeah, that is warped but not under trousers doing a fine job of keeping me warm.

  • August 3, 2008


    No. No. No. And…no. Unless you are costumed for a stage production, a ren-fest, or halloween. Then it is perfectly acceptable to wear TIGHTS. No mantyhose. Ever. Even if you are metrosexual. No.

  • August 3, 2008


    I don’t get this at all. For starters why would a man want to wear them, i can’t imagine they would be very comfortable with hairy legs, and second it just doesn’t look good! This is just weird. It takes metrosexuality way to far.

  • August 4, 2008


    It’s funny to think that people would judge anyone for what they wear. If we all portend to be so shallow, then maybe we should really go “retro” and enforce nudism.
    Honestly, sexual roles involve more than fashion, attitude, or even genital assignment. Wear what you want. If you like it, I love it.

  • August 7, 2008


    H*ll to the naw.

  • August 9, 2008


    People should have the freedom and self-confidence to wear what they want and that should be respected. As long as they’re worn tastefully and for the right reasons (warmth, support, comfort, feel), then guys… pull on your hose! But do shave your legs if wearing sheers! And wear men’s styles – they are abundantly available. No need to borrow from the ladies…

  • August 10, 2008


    Hey why cant we guys wear tights , you girls wear trousers ,men shirts etc, i for one would welcome men to wear tights , and i will wear them too .

  • August 12, 2008


    OH Am and Arielle (July 29th 2008) how very narrow minded your thoughts are!
    Remember trousers were men’s clothing at one time and women stole the idea for themselves. In the same way, tights were once a man’s item of clothing until women stole them aswell.
    Not happy with that you now obviously think that men wearing tights is just one big joke. You may indeed not know of any men who would want to wear tights but believe me there are!! (More than 50 per cent of German men wear tights, including famous football players. -source:
    It has also been noted that many women do not like wearing tights – well that is fine, but if men want to start wearing then that should also be fine.

  • August 12, 2008


    More than 50 per cent of German men wear tights, including famous football players. -source:

  • August 12, 2008


    I’d like to draw attention to an extract from an article written in 1897 within the New York Times, where a Miss Penrose had the audacity to wear trousers on Coney Island:

    ‘Your Honour,’ said Miss Penrose to Judge Nostrand yesterday morning, ‘my arrest is an outrage. I have a right to wear trousers if I wish.’
    The Judge looked at her curiously. ‘Not on this Island,’ said he. ‘It’s against the law, and, at the same time, highly improper. I’ll have to hold you in $200 for frial.’
    Robert Burkhardt, a saloon keeper at the island, gave bail for her, and she walked out with a parting injunction from the court to change her attire.

    This is just one of thousands upon thousands of similar articles stretching through the 19th & 20th centuries. I’ll presume you understand why I have posted this.