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Men in Skirts - My View

Men in Skirts. My View

 

Women in trousers and other male style clothing, not questioned or challenged, a right, her equality, freedom. It's normal, it's acceptable, empowering herself, expressing herself, being an individual. Swap it around and the complete opposite applies for men. He is a queer, dysphoric, gay, trying to be a woman, transvestite etc yet all the same reasons against a man in a skirt and other items from the female wardrobe should apply to women who now adopt the male wardrobe. You can not have reasons against men yet disregard the same objections for women.

Myself and men like me are individuals, true individuals to ourselves. Are you? Unlike many in society, we haven't forgotten how others have been able to claim rights denied. Have you? Try telling women what she must wear, or even how you expect her to behave within a society expected norm and see what reply you get.Others accept what they want to see for themselves but rebuke what they do not want to see for others or try to understand.

 I feel very strongly that within this era of gender equality, freedom of choice/expression applies to both genders. My freedom of choice to wear what I want, when I want as a man is just one of those rights, just as it is for women. I am an individual and provided I am not doing others physical harmI am the same as the next person, be it man or woman.

You don't know me, so do you, like the majority of public, have preconceived thoughts, beliefs and say what you perceive is right in many aspects of life as only what you want or need for yourself?

Are you one of the many who listen to your 'friends' or aquaintences one sided version of how they believe society should be and act on that only, with no regard to others thoughts or beliefs?

Don't be suprised to find that others have beliefs, views and opinions and that can also be about you. If no physical harm is being done to others why should it be a problem and why should you decide about another.

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I wear skirts as well as trousers where either is practical or more sensible in my everyday wardrobe and I do not need your blessing or even understanding. I have yet to met anyone who has asked me how I feel or expect them to behave with what they do within their life and why should I. This photo here is of me but all the women in the background embrace current acceptance of womens appearance & clothing. The three directly behind were fine with me by the way as too everybody else I met at that location and throughout the day.

It is simply down to choice. Some have it, others don't, in clothing and many aspects of life indoctrinated by society, it's labels, stereotype and gender bashing whilst saying "gender equality in this modern era".

I wear skirts etc out of choice and preference. I prefer character, personality and pride in myself and for me my choice has far more than the standard boring dull male clothing that society still labels as only for men. Like many individuals who pride themselves as being individuals, I learn many practical, life necessities and individuality via enlightenment and do not get obsessed with society labels and stereotyping. Others achieve the same for themselves in other ways and that's fine even if I do not understand or wish to follow. Society wants to get obsessed with its labels and stereotypying not just in clothes but only for some. Many laugh, or mock others openly and publicly because they are different and expect them to change to their preferences.

A man in a skirt or other clothing not labelled as "male only" is considered as dysphoric. An emotional state characterised by anxiety, depression or unease. This is never said of women when they expect full unhindered freedom of choice and individuaity. A woman in trousers makes her no less a woman biologically, emotionally or life preferences. Why should it be any different to a man in a skirt? These women are never queired or referred to as being Gay/Lesbian or even questioned like are you trying to find your masculine side. These women are never referred to as a crossdresser or Transvestite. There is no concern or question mark on womens, character, integrity or even mental state of health.They are celebrated, welcomed, congratulated on their individuality, freedom of expression and exercising their rights.

What is male only clothing? It is clothing that a man can only wear but also worn and, expected to be worn by women. If a man who is breaking, challenging the society norms and labels of men makes him dysphoric then the same applies to women. Women have now, by challenge, dropped their society labels including dress code to a point society now considers this as normal. It didn't initially. Also if society by its acceptance of 'any wear' for women is because it acknowledges it was wrong to suppress women in clothing, as in other aspects of life, then surely, as we are so often told, we should learn from our mistakes. Why are the same mistakes applied here and making men go through the same issues that women had when they started to move into what is still labelled as mens clothing for men? One of many soicety double standards within life.

Like everything in human life, due to it's intelligence, no matter what, why or reason anything becomes normal to a human once many, preferably the majority, do whatever or speak whatever. Those that were negative, suddenly become positive. It happens in many aspects of life.

Men in skirts may not be to your preference, liking or inclination. I may not like your tastes/views or some of them. Then again, it is an almost certainty that you may have your tastes/views now and be completely different in a few years. Why should you be allowed to express your opinions on me or others. As long as others are doing no harm or detriment to the mechanism of society differing tastes should not be a problem. Why should the man who embraces an ethos of understanding, respect and equality for all, a man of this era not of decades/centuries past, be at the whim of beliefs or expectations of others. These same others who embrace other aspects of change of life because they choose to and/or have fought for but now with the belief 'we had to wait for it, so you should wait for yours'. Great progress. Society these days is full of those who demand, expect and will do what they believe is right and to their preference but question others who do the same. Have you ever thought what others may think of you. Your appearance, activities and generally about your life. We all pass comment privately between partners and friends, the vast majority never make it known publicly or to you. It's called respecting a persons individuality. 

The majority of women are not only trouser based 365/24 but hat styles, ties, shirt styles, trousers, shoes and sock styles traditionally worn by men a tradition that society still expects of men. A cross dresser applies to both sexes as too transvestite which was coined in the late 1800's to describe both men and women who emulated the other sex in all aspects, when in that era society had both men and women in specific roles for each and were defined very clearly in both dress, behaviour and what one could do within society. In this modern era, macho rules, and you are only "top dog" if you wear trousers. Clothing does not make you "top dog", it's you, the person. 

010FrontPageThese two women in the photo on the left found me quite hilarious. Once passed I was aware that the woman walking away from me was trying to get a photo of me discreetly. My wife asked her not to but the woman said "why not? I'm entitled to". With my camera she exclaimed "your taking my photo, you cannot do that" the reply "and why not?" She quickly turned away. They are typical of some women who find it OK for them to accept their freedom of choice that earlier females stood up for including the breaking of the labeling and stereotyping dress code of women that has now been possible for them in all aspects of life since early 1990's. To them it is normal and what one female tweeter posted "women have always worn trousers". They expect men to remain in a tradition, label and stereotype of what they want.

Humans are obsessed with power, manipulation, gender bashing, gender competing. I believe in, as to my wife, in gender equality for all, not gender stereotyping as many insist. If we are to stereotype the male gender to traditional dress code, then that's fine, so long as the female gender is stereotyped to the traditional female dress code. Freedom of choice applies to all not one gender. This freedom of choice appears to only apply to women just like discrimination, sexism, mysogyny - never misandry - etc. A survey announced by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights on 5th March 2014 stated that about a third of all women in the EU suffer from physical and sexual abuse and reports on this survey stated that physical abuse included many items one being told what to wear and how to dress. Many state how men should dress, behave in fact many of the points raised to justify physical abuse on women.

Human intelligence is so fickle on virtually all subjects with labels, definitions, interpretations, reasons and justifications for what one wants for themselves or expect others to be in human society. Fabulous Fashionistas, Channel 4 17-09-2013. Documentary about 6 women, with the average age of 80 years old about their dress style. Within minutes this quote was said by one "I don't give a damn about what people think of me or the way I dress. I dress for myself becasue I like style, design and colour." Since, 2010, after life experiences and attitudes of many this has been my approach.

 

Under Feminism it is now said it is normal for a woman to wear trousers and male style clothing so, under Feminism, a man in a skirt cannot be a cross dresser or a Transvestite. Some say it is not normal for a man to wear skirts or clothing still labelled womens clothes. Perhaps the majority of men don't and have no interntion too, so in the eyes of human intelligence it is not normal compared to the masses. Human life styles continually changes through the millenia and just as much for women, eg voting, driving, careers, clothing styles etc. At the beginning there is always only a few. The problem is human intelligence and perception coupled with human ignorance and self centered attitude. I noted a tweet in March 2014 about a man in a skirt and wearing Ugg boots as well. Why not, although I wouldn't, I don't like Ugg boots. Ugg boots according to Wikipedia are of Australian/New Zealand origin and a unisex footwear. When they came into our part of the world, because they were a new style and macho in appearance they were put into womens fashion and now they are womens only wear!.Another example is peoples over weight problem in the western world. That is now considered as being normal according to the Chief Medical Officer for the UK Sally Davies in her annual statement announced in March 2014 and reported by the BBC.

BBC Breakfast on 10th August 2014, while discussing with a recently enforced retired female magistrate who disagreed with the retire at 70 rule for both men and women for Magistrates and gave other examples of work and voluntary roles that had no age restriction. What caught my ear was the observation from the female presenter who said making a stand for change is only achieved by people like you who are prepared to stand up for what they believe in. It was a female presenter speaking to a female who objected to an expected retirement age, I don't hear or see the same being said for men.

How has it become normal and socially acceptable for the woman of today to wear any clothing they like, style, type, dress very similar to male clothing, without question, when not to many decades ago it was not socially acceptable and pre 1920's a prisonable offence for a woman to wear trousers? Why are men critisised for not showing a modern approach to life but when a man embraces freedom of choice, equality his rights etc we get the exclamation that he is not being the "hunter gather, the provider, the protector" etc the traditional male?

It is claimed by some that men in skirts confuses and harms, psychologically, children and influences them. Why did this not apply or happen when women ditched their traditional and expected dress code for trousers and other male style clothing not mentioning the masculine appearance these days of many women? If a man in a skirt is creating this problem then why is nothing done about drugs, alcohol abuse, smoking, behaviour etc of some footballers, celebrities etc which children look up to and follow or are inspired by.

I'm all for equality, always have been but equality is just that, equality. I, and I assume others like me, do not expect men in skirts to become mainstream as trousers have since the early Nineties for women, but in a world of equality, rights, freedom of choice etc it applies to all. A man in a skirt does and all the arguments to allow women in trousers applies in equal strength to a man in a skirt. Women demand equality, recognition and claim the phrase evolving. Well in this modern era that applies to all. The man these days in our society has needed to change and for the better I add, to reflect equality, the rights of women to be equal etc. Yet the man is still expected to behave in a traditional way in many aspects of society life. The likes of me who push the boundaries in clothing expectations are no different to the first women who wore their partners trousers, or even sex before marriage which was clearly frowned upon by society even as near as the sixties era. History and documentation proves how this was seriously frowned upon despite what some may say now with the passage of time. It soon became acceptable as more and more of the young generation of the time ignored society's expectations of them.

I don't have a problem with wearing a skirt. If you do, then you have the problem, not me. I am confident that I know the real me, a person who has confidence with his own ethos and beliefs. Yes I am secure in my own mind as to where I stand in that argument. A Hetrosexual male who appreciates quality not quantity and has pride in himself as a person, an individual. Are you if you question others?

It is only ignorant and narrow minded persons who deny others freedom of choice but exercise it themselves. They should all look at themselves first. Their arguments for themselves apply equally to me and men like me with regards choice of clothes, but then their one sided mentality does not let them see their own hypocracy.

 

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