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If men and boys would not be teased or derogatorily labeled, would short shorts worn by males ever return to the fashion landscape?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (21628 points ) 1 month ago

These days shorts for males reminds me more of severe ”high water pants”, or culottes. Almost as if in the US there is an unwritten code: ”Thou shalt not wear thy shorts hem above the knee”, and especially not more than an inch. Even in sports where drag should be decreased and freedom of movement increase the shorts are more like drastically abbreviated pants. I wondered if men and boys started wearing traditional styled shorts link, and could do so without being teased, picked on, undermined or labeled in derogatory ways if the style would reappear from extinction to the fashion landscape. Is it that males would find it too uncomfortable from a physical standpoint to wear them, societal bias notwithstanding? Is the reason it is not seen now is because society being comfortable seeing females in booty shorts, get the heebie jeebies when a male shows that much leg? Are men and boys expected not to show as much skin? If someone tried to reintroduce the style and it doesn’t catch on, would the aversion to it come more from males or females?

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chyna's avatar

I hope not.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I can only hope not.

But maybe women like to see men showing a lot of leg and some butt—I’m not a woman and can’t speak to that.

My guess is that the male physique is not such that anything is added. As I understand it, womens’ rear ends and leg structures are a little different from mens’ because of the different pelvic shape necessary for childbearing and to assist with the added weight load that pregnancy causes. (In other words, there are some subtle structural differences between men and women over and above sexual organs).

Short shorts on men also begs the question of leg shaving. Would it be a corollary that men wear shorter shorts, that their upper and lower thighs should no longer be hairy? I would think there is nothing less attractive than male curly hair poking out of the bottom of some shorts.

But fashions change and who am I to criticize? All I know that I will stick with my below-the-knee shorts.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

God I hope not, DO YOU want to see a middle age hundred lbs over weight truck driver in them????????? I do not!

Coloma's avatar

I agree with all of the above, short shorts on dudes are right up there with speedos, just not appealing. I’d much rather wonder what lies beneath the baggy shorts. lol

jca's avatar

Short shorts with socks and loafers is especially unappealing.

hearkat's avatar

Here is a similar question from earlier this year.
http://www.fluther.com/168390/can-boys-wear-short-shorts/

rojo's avatar

Eventually they will return. Fashion is cyclical.

Cupcake's avatar

My teen son wears shorts mid-thigh (so a bit longer than your pic link). He got in trouble with an administrator at school because they were shorter than the tip of his fingers when his arms were at his sides.

I don’t know where you live or what young men you see, but they are back in style… just not quite as short as you linked.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Wow, those high waters are horrible. Yikers. As for the guy in the second link – I think it may be time for me to switch to TD Bank. :) And the third – I’m 95% sure those are boycut underwear, not shorts. They may also be swimsuit bottoms. I’ve never seen a girl wear anything like that as shorts; not even at the gym where they wear these, which are a tiny bit longer than the ones you linked.

Anywho, as for your question, I’m not sure where guys are being tormented for wearing shorts that come above the knee. Maybe in high school, where kids are made fun of no matter what they wear, but adult men? These look totally normal to me, and I don’t know anyone that would give that guy shit for wearing those shorts.

Then again, I see where you’re coming from about some men thinking there’s an unspoken rule against wearing shorts above the knee. My husband won’t wear anything shorter than this, for instance. However, I doubt anyone would say anything if he bought mid-thigh shorts. I think it’s in their heads more than anything. Male models are wearing short shorts these days, so I’d imagine people living in more fashion-forward cities see it way more often than I do down here in South Carolina.

Bottom line: Some guys can pull off short shorts, and some guys can’t – just like any other piece of clothing. Men with pasty white, bony chicken legs probably shouldn’t show a lot of leg, but it’s their prerogative if they want to. If a guy like that has the cajones to wear tiny shorts, he probably doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@chyna @SQUEEKY2 I hope not. & God I hope not, DO YOU want to see a middle age hundred lbs over weight truck driver in them?????????
I beg to ask what reason that you would not care to see that on men. OK, @SQUEEKY2 alluded to how it would look with some overweight man in them. My personal views is I can see no different from an overweight man in short shorts or a overweight woman in short shorts looking like a rumbled sausage trying to break out of a intestine skin. As far as that goes, I would put older women with cellulite, varicose veins, and age spots in there too. However, in a general sense, I cannot see one being worse than the other, or a man in short shorts being worse than a woman wearing them when it don’t flatter them; but that, you see all of the time.

@livelaughlove21 I’ve never seen a girl wear anything like that as shorts; not even at the gym where they wear these, which are a tiny bit longer than the ones you linked.
There are women around here who wear them as short or almost as short as what I linked. One walked into the coffee house to buy a brew and one even went to a street church event at the park, she had neon blue booty shorts on so small half the buns were out of the oven and all the cheesecake was showing.

Anywho, as for your question, I’m not sure where guys are being tormented for wearing shorts that come above the knee.
They are not being tormented or bullied a la high school, but it is more the comments made to them within the group viewing them, snide comments and such the wearer never hears.

Then again, I see where you’re coming from about some men thinking there’s an unspoken rule against wearing shorts above the knee. My husband won’t wear anything shorter than this, for instance.
That is part of my question is where or how did this code/rule come about, media, society, men, women, or both? When you factor in what @Cupcake said, it appears the schools are promoting this culottes-male-shorts fashion. Even runners or basketball players etc. are in shorts more like high water pants, as if the added drag of that fabric catching wind is worth sacrificing in order not to have too much thigh showing, toned legs or not.

jca's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central: I don’t understand why the descriptive yet derogatory comments about ladies’ bodies?

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ If it illustrates what it resembles, that is just the way it is, I guess I could have linked what it looks like but I was too lazy to search it, and to be truthful, did not want to see it, even to gain clarity to those who don’t know what it looks like, some indication what it looks like.

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