It seems bizarre that people are still hung up about seeing a man in a skirt. Women have been wearing trousers since 1850 (earlier in the case of female miners), so why has it taken so long for men's fashion to be rationalised in the same way? There was a brief bout of skirt-wearing in the nineties, but it seems to have subsided.
Men can wear sarongs on the beach, kilts and priestly garb (and there are plenty of pictures of Jesus in a dress), but people are still intolerant of men wearing actual skirts. Why? It's only a piece of cloth. It must be because the Western definition of masculinity is still so circumscribed by convention that people can't imagine a man being a man unless he's hairy and/or betrousered. There's still a strong taboo against men crying, for instance.
Men who wear skirts: I salute you from the bottom of my heart. You are pioneers as much as the early feminists in their bloomers.
We detachments steady throwing,Here's some sites about men in skirts:
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!
~ Walt Whitman
- Why have I got a website about Men in Skirts?
A website advocating the wearing of skirts by men. Western men seem to have a phobia about wearing a skirt, sarong, toga or similar garment.
- Skirts for men
Votes for Women / Skirts for Men, the progress of liberation continues in the 21st Century.
- Men's skirts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Men's skirts are skirts worn by men. Outside of Western cultures, male clothing includes skirts and skirt-like garments.
- Men in Skirts - Victoria and Albert Museum
A collection of images and representations of men in skirts since the 14th century.
These non-tartan kilts are very popular in Seattle