Main Stream Media and Men’s Underwear – Does it support the Double Standard?
I was talking to a new potential UNB guy this weekend. He mentioned that he was reading one of the big sites. They interviewed women on what underwear they want to see their guys in, and it was boxers and boxer briefs. We both went “HUH?” Being gay has made this easier. It’s more socially acceptable that we can wear anything we want. Becuase after all underwear is gay (said with implied sarcasm).
I have talked with so many guys, gay/straight/bi, that love underwear. They all want the same thing. Something that is fashionable, fun and makes them feel great. It’s an extension of their personality as much as their clothes or hair style. Sometimes it’s even more of a state because of a conservative environment. Underwear is the one area they can express themselves.
The US Mainstream media reinforces the notation that underwear is about function, not form. Underwear is something that is to be made fun of let’s not even get into the whole “you’re gay” for liking underwear thing. We are striving to fight this labeling. We have readers who are gay, straight and bi.
When a major outlet talks about underwear they always show boxer briefs and trunks. Few rarely show briefs, jocks or thongs. It’s always conservative colors and styles. So, I do believe that the media reinforces the “you must wear this type of underwear.” If you don’t wear what everyone else is wearing there is something wrong with you. You need to fit in with the rest of society.
We disagree with this big time. Underwear is one area we can truly express ourselves in a personal way. We can wear exactly what makes us feel sexy and gives us confidence. That is the point most mainstream media leaves out. They look at underwear as a necessity, not a way to express exactly who you are!
Over the course of my 8 years doing this blog I have met so many guys. We all want the same thing. Underwear that fits great and makes us feel sexy. Look at the make up of our guys! Sorry for the rant. I just saw something that just pissed me off in the media and had to vent.