Men and women alike fall along a continuum of what we label as masculine and feminine. Women embrace the various facets of their own personalities. Women can be tomboys or girlie-girls and still be considered women. Yet it seems like men are expected to stay within the narrow confines of "manliness."
Many men are threatened by behaviors that could be considered in any way feminine. TV commercials show men who would starve without the convenience of pre-made microwaveable dinners or men who can't figure out how to wipe up a spill until their wife comes in with the paper towels. Men are hassled for wearing pink, liking sentimental movies, or not watching sports.
But have you ever noticed all the excuses men find to wear women's clothing? I'm not talking about cross-dressers or drag queens. They are straight-forward enough to not look for excuses. I'm talking about the straight guys wearing dresses on Halloween, the fraternity pledges "forced" to wear dresses, or the guys who lose a bet and end up in drag.
That's not even mentioning the male actors on sitcoms who inevitably get themselves in some fix that requires a female disguise. Or take your pick of movies and TV shows centered around men in drag: Tootsie, Busom Buddies, Mrs. Doubtfire, Big Momma's House, White Chicks. Or The Rock hosting Nickelodeon's Kid Choice Awards. Even Bugs Bunny was known to put on a dress on more than one occasion.
So why not skip the subterfuge and just start selling skirts for men?
Skirts are comfortable. They are versatile. And there's absolutely no reason why men shouldn't wear them. Other cultures have masculine skirts or dresses. Kilts, sarongs, the djellaba, and kaftans are all considered normal men's wear. Why not an American or European skirt for men?
Men's skirts do hit the runway from time to time. Google "men in skirts" and you'll see that there are men who want to wear skirts. Check the images and you'll see that there are some men that look hot in them, too.
Maybe a revolution is not too far away. Maybe there will soon be a day when men can wear skirts without judgement or shame.
For women, wearing trousers in everyday life was a big step toward gender equality. Maybe it's time for men to put on their skirts and meet us halfway.