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