Hey, Bro, Nice Lingerie
Everyone loves to see a hot woman in lingerie
One of the best things about the Internet is its consistent ability to shock and amaze. The latest addition to the WTF files is lingerie for men. Started to provide comfort for crossdressing, Australian company, HommeMystere, is offering fetish-friendly frilly things that fit men’s bodies.
But what’s even more progressive is that it’s opening up a dialogue about the fetish of crossdressing and gender. There’s no reason men should be denied the chance to be pretty.
When people think of cross dressing, they often think of longtime FBI head J. Edgar Hoover or RuPaul. The problem is there’s a major distinction between crossdressing and drag. Crossdressers or transvestites derive sexual pleasure from wearing what society deems “women’s clothes.” Drag is when men impersonate women artistically through makeup, mannerisms and performance.
And, in case you’ve been living under a rock, transgendered women were born biologically male but emotionally and psychologically female, so they take steps to transition to the other sex. For all intents and purposes, these groups are mutually exclusive, but there is the occasional crossover.
Politics aside, HommeMystere is pretty amazing. It’s great that we live in a time where someone can create unmentionables with more wiggle room for your dingle. Men’s underwear, especially those targeted to the gay community, really does toe the line at being “in” on Victoria’s Secret, but HommeMystere’s wares are specifically suited to a niche market of men who do get the vapors when they wear negligees. But given the sizes, they can also be used by transwomen who need a special fit or gay men who enjoy wearing them as well.
As the site so eloquently puts it, “We provide our lingerie for guys. We are not concerned if you are gay, straight, vegetarian, republican, Anglican, Martian or any other persuasion. We just design and manufacture attractive luxury underwear for men.” You have to love those Aussies.
The only downside to the company is it didn’t take the opportunity to coin a phrase. After all, why shouldn’t the lingerie be called manties or, if we want to be Parisian, L’Hommegerie? It’s easy to joke, but the level of class, discretion and decorum HommeMystere bring to this often hushed and secret lifestyle is admirable.
What’s really fascinating is HommeMystere’s marketing photos of completely confident, masculine, heterosexual men who just happen to be wearing the same underthings as their girlfriends. Whether they’re shaving or playing Xbox, the company tries to make it just seem like a normal thing which, if we’re being, honest it is.
Gender policing and our stringent obsession with what is male and female is responsible for depression, anxiety and low self-esteem of people of all genders and sexualities. So if two dude bros want to hang out in teddies and play “Call of Duty,” let’s let them. One step to ending homophobia, transphobia, slut-shaming and obnoxious Puritanism is to just remember that people’s sex lives are part of their private lives — and no one’s business or concern.
Who knows what’s next for men’s underclothes? Perhaps a Spandex Supergirl outfit or something with lines from your favorite sports car. But at least thanks to HommeMystere, it’s officially out there to show people that there are people who are unconcerned with obsessively proving their masculinity. Plus, it shows straight men have just as many secrets in their closet as gay men.
Here’s hoping we can live in a world where a guy can change at the gym and hear, “Bitchin’ camisole, dude.”
Christian Cintron is a contributing journalist for TheBlot Magazine.