MEN'S UNDERWEAR & THE AMERICAN PRUDE

Have you ever heard the expression: You’re born naked, the rest is drag. Makes sense, right? You’re born naked and the rest is well…dress up. And we Americans love to dress up whether for function or for fashion. We spend billions of dollars each year trying to cover up.

Our only problem it seems is that we’ve spent all of this time trying to cover up that when it comes to showing some skin, or even showing off our underwear, we run for the partition.

Why?

Why does flesh scare us? Is it because it reminds us of sex? Does nudity always equal sex? Why do we keep sexuality and nudity in a box reserved for the bottom drawer. You know that bottom drawer full of porn, sex toys, and God forbid, stylish, skimpy underwear. Our unmentionables. The stuff we keep hidden. The stuff we don’t talk about. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

That seems to be our consensus about sexuality and nudity in general. When we see someone in underwear or in the buff, we either blush, giggle or gasp. Unless, of course, when it’s in context: That hot blind date, Valentine’s Day, the gym locker room, the underwear section of a department store, et cetera.

Our Western counterparts of the world don’t have that problem. In England, you can be reading the morning paper, turn to page three, an there’s a featured topless women staring back at you. In Amsterdam, sex-education courses are taught at a very young age. Mind you, they also have legalized prostitution. In Madrid, Spanish accessories designer, Loewe, featured nude men in her runway show carrying only her handbags. Penises and balls flapping around for all to see. In Italy, there are a plethora of nudist colonies. The list goes on and on.


And then, there’s US.

Here in America, we censor everything. Swear words, suggestive content and nudity. Except of course, violence. We love violence. HALO, anyone?

Basically, from wardrobe malfunctions to breastfeeding in public; we judge it, we shame it, we ban it. Bottom line.

We at BodyAware have had our own run-ins with the censor police. Just ask Facebook, but I’ll save that rant for another day.

In the meantime, and speaking of flapping genitalia, take a look at the following video and tell us if it offends you or not. Do you agree that we Americans are just a bunch of prudes?


3 comments

While I have no problem with nudity, was that needed? Better to have them strutting down the catwalk with the handbags hanging from some serious stiffies. I “wood” have laughed my ass off.

Jon March 16, 2016

Minimus is best. Will confess that models displaying handbags etc— personally- would look better wearing a minimal pouch. With beach sites I am very comfortable with the smallest briefs, slightly – very- larger than “gs”

Jack March 16, 2016

I’m not offended. But i’m not American. America has way too many hang ups and at the same time have people pushing to break the barriers of the prudish guard. I read today American Apparel have had to photoshop all the nipples and pubic hair from the ads on the web site. At home (Australia), nudity and swearing is common place on free to air TV and we don’t suffer the bigoted views of the religious right anywhere near to the point the US does. Even poor old Canada is at the mercy ( and i don’t mean thank you) of the US and it’s button up red neck society. I hope all of these changes don’t mean you will do like wise. Society needs a massive shake up. As you said, we are born naked. Everything else is drag. Lets get funky.

Steve Edwards March 16, 2016

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