I am amazed at the popularity of the “men in pantyhose” posts I’ve done for the Gazette, and for the one reprint I did of one of those posts here — it is drawing several hits per day. The list of search referral terms here always has “men pantyhose” or something similar. So, in an effort to give my readers why they want, I simply cannot ignore the subject here.
This is obviously something that interests many men. I want to reiterate that it isn’t a fetish for many if not most of the guys who wear pantyhose and they don’t identify as transgender people or crossdressers — they are simply guys who like the clothes item in the same way many women do.
In my Gazette blog, I tracked back many of the links that were coming from men interested in the subject, and some of them led to forums where guys discuss the issues. And there are some issues: they do face discrimination and most probably can’t be open about it in the workplace and other social settings. But some are open about it: I’ve had a couple of guest writers in my Gazette blog who do wear it openly — one even sent pictures of himself in hose and skirts to run with his article.
As that writer pointed out, it used to be socially acceptable for men to wear hose. And I suspect we are moving toward a time when it will be acceptable again, and the pantyhose manufacturers will see their profits surge as they develop special lines for guys. Indeed, I am told that there are already products like “Mantyhose,” but I doubt the bigger retailers are carrying them — yet.
But will we be seeing “mantyhose” with sports-themed images of, say, F1 cars or football or hockey players, or will men who wear pantyhose prefer the same ones women wear? Inquiring minds want to know.
Guys, what say you?
I tried tights specifically sold for men once but they didn’t seem much different from normal. The only significant difference I noticed was that they were significantly more expensive, so I went back to buying the usual women’s versions.
I don’t wish to seem dull or unduly insensitive, but apart from the anatomical and physiological variables defining the specific shapes, standard positions, and normal range of operation of their sexual organs, men and women seem to differ from each other in relatively superficial ways–at least when it comes to designing a snug-fitting garment providing smooth coverage of the human body from waist to the tips of the toes. In a word, why all the fuss about “essential differences in design” that may, in the final analysis, turn not to be,…,well, not to be as essential as they might have appeared at first blush to be? Is there an unconscious wish, or compulsion rather, which drives us to seek some gimmicks ex post facto, some insignia to symbolize the powerful social and cultural associations that have accumulated around physiological differences that are practically negligible from the perspectives of seamstresses, haberdashers, and haute couture?
With two significant things in mind, I would not wear pantyhose, tights, or any article of clothing similar to them. The two things being that I am a nudist (not wanting any clothing on at all) and I have very hairy legs and do not desire to shave them. I don’t even like the feel of long thermal underwear in the winter.
Sorry to change the pace here men, but I am a huge fan of wearing panythose, nylons, tights and any other wonderfully amazing feeling item on my body. For the record, I am a married, bisexual man who does not really have that “Flamboyant” appearance, and if you knew me, even knew me well, you would not know any of this or even guess it without me telling you. I do not identify as a crossdresser though I would be more than will to try it out as I believe I am about halfway there already.
I think men wearing nylons is a personal choice. It really comes down to what a person likes and feels sexy in…but for men, we have to first overcome our pre-generated mentality of masculine and realize that loving a soft touch, having a sexy outfit on and ejoying the way it feels on our body does not have anything to do with your gender identity or sexual preference, though it may open your mind up to the reality that there is more to life than what you think is “normal”!!!
Awesome post. I will definately be looking for the next one!! Anyone have pantyhose or nylons questions, feel free to contact me all day!!!!
I do wear tights… mainly women style cos it suit me fit with size and my favour is Wolford which has good soft as velvet, it wee dear but it take last longer, feel so good on legs skin and wear with acid wash denim dungaree shorts that let cooler airflow. Important for men wear tights for protect from blood clots if weak legs or sit too long such as office, long haul flight,etc.. also replace old boxer short and sock as tights is all in one which is so easy to wear, here link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantyhose_for_men it getting bigger and sales are soar as online store selling pretty well, dont be afriad just openly as it none of people business
Pantyhose are a very practical garment for men. I always wear them in winter under trousers and I know many others do too – especially on construction sites or other outdoor jobs when the cold can get the better of you. Do not like Long Johns – the most uncomfortable device ever created. Womens pantyhose work quite well as long as you get the bigger sizes. Not tried those made specifically for men – seem to be much more expensive for the same thing. For long distance flights I always wear compression tights as does my wife so we do not get circulation problems from sitting down in one place for hours. I have been wearing tights/pantyhose for well over 40 years and think nothing of it. They are as much a man’s garment as they are women’s. Most of the support hosiery stores (BrightLife, Ames-Walker etc) carry unisex pantyhose and all of the major compression stockings manufacturers such as Juzo, Jobst and Sigvaris make unisex pantyhose suitable for both men and women.
As far as I am concerned pantyhose and tights are a suitable underwear choice for men and for women, are very practical and so much more comfortable than long johns.
As a long time wearer I really do not know what all the fuss is about. Try them and see for yourself.
I wear the L’eggs sheer energy active support pantyhose. I like the way they look and feel, but I also wear them for compression. I have some swelling issues in my right leg. I have only worn openly with shorts a couple of times. Most of the time, no one can see I’m wearing them. My wife likes that I wear them, and we have some fun with it. We’ve gone out on dates 2 or 3 times where I had them on and very few people if any, noticed. There is one surprising thing I have noticed. Little girls have noticed them on me a few times, and they are not accepting of it at ALL. This has happened 3 times, and each time the young girls reacted with disgust and anger. Very interesting. Most of the time though, I keep it to myself. I don’t want to be a stumbling block for anyone.