Sunday, June 17, 2012

Bridgette Raes | Style Guide: The Truth About Men Who Wear Pantyhose

In a follow-up to her Friday radio broadcast, Bridgette Raes posted a great article on Men In Tights on her blogsite, "BRSG". I will say, as to the double standard she refers to, I’ve often said that it actually betrays a certain residual bias against women that remains in our society even to this day–even among women themselves. Despite the ostensible equality with which women and men are viewed today, you have to ask yourself why there is such a noticeable difference between the way people view it when a member of one sex strays into the fashion territory of the other?

Bridgette noted that a woman can wear clothing ranging from the ultra feminine to jeans, t-shirts, boots and a short haircut and hardly anyone even takes note. Maybe she is even praised as being: strong, “a real go-getter”, or other positive adjectives. But if a man wears even one article of clothing that has typically been associated with women, not only do other men get worked up over it, but women may give him even more flack over it. His manhood might be called into question regardless of how strong and virile an example of masculinity he may otherwise be.

You have to ask yourself if this doesn’t reveal some sort of latent bias against the female? Is it because a woman who co-opts a certain fashion item from men is seen as elevating herself? (BTW, not too many of us are old enough to remember the days when women wearing pants was considered scandalous). If so, by contrast a man adopting anything with a feminine connotation is considered to be ‘lowering’ himself to the level of the less worthy sex and needs to be resisted so as to not betray his manhood.

Of course, when we try to come to terms with all of this, we hope we can be advanced enough in our view on the inherent dignity, and equality, of both men and women that we don’t behave this way. Some–many–men are wearing mantyhose for very legitimate reasons and knee jerk reactions against it have to be examined for what they really reveal about the people making them. Are they unknowingly acknowledging they don’t really view men and women as being equal in dignity? Let’s hope your blog and radio program can help us move beyond that toward true equality. Thank you, Bridgette.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Couple of Regular Guys Talk Mantyhose with BridgetteRaes | Blog Talk Radio

Fashion that Makes You Go, "Hmm?" by BridgetteRaes | Blog Talk Radio, June 15

Wow. I have to give great applause to Kevin Wright and Rob Stephenson, who were guests on Bridgette Raes' radio show ("Fashion That Makes You Go, 'Hmm' ") yesterday. You guys were FANTASTIC spokesmen for the mantyhose, and Bridgette was great in providing such an open-minded forum for presenting the true aspects of it that rarely makes it into the public discourse.

While we've all watched with interest as the Emilio Cavallini unisex tights making a big splash back in March. Yet despite the benefit of the big publicity surge, most guys who are wearing mantyhose were left a little cold by the bold black & white patterns (skulls, etc.) Some may go for that look, but it's far from representative of most guys' legwear styles.

On the other hand, Rob and Kevin provide the 'regular guy' perspective that most any average guy could at least listen to and possibly relate to. Rob's a phone company worker by day and heavy metal band member and DJ at other times. Kevin is a family man who has been wearing legwear very openly for years and has become a much more vocal advocate lately--as has Rob. (Thanks guys, I can ALWAYS use the help)

As it happened, Kevin was trying to contact me when she was setting up the show--especially since a segment with Chan Kraemer of eMANcipate had fallen through.  Unfortunately, I was on vacation with my family in North Carolina and more or less out of touch with the outside world.  They were looking to have me be a guest on the show, but it just wasn't to be.  No matter, because these guys were great representatives for all the rest of the guys out there who wish there were more understanding among the media and public perceptions.

It was very refreshing to hear Bridgette, a well-known fashion and radio personality, speak to the double standard that has long existed with respect to what women can wear versus what men can wear.

Make sure to listen to the interview. It can be accessed here:

Listen to internet radio with BridgetteRaes on Blog Talk Radio
Although the show is one hour in length, the segment with Kevin and Rob lasts only 30 minutes.

Again, great job guys!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Be sure to catch Bridgette Raes on Fashion that Makes You Go, "Hmm?" She'll be talking Mantyhose on Friday's radio show


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Men Don’t Need Compression Stockings and Support Hose or Do They? | Compression Stockings & More

Reprinted from: Compression Stockings and More

Why Don’t Men Need Compression Stockings?
By Gregory

Because Guy’s legs…

■  Don’t get tired or achy from standing or sitting for long periods of time
■  Don’t swell (edema)
■  Don’t get varicose veins or spider veins
■  Don’t have any risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)
■  Don’t have any risk of venous issues
■  Don’t get circulation problems in the veins

This all sounds pretty silly doesn’t it? Nevertheless... it is of course all not true. Wouldn’t it be awesome if this was actually all true and we could always be a beacon of health and have strength like Superman?

Unfortunately for many of us things don’t go that way. Men and women alike may have to deal with some or all of the above stated conditions and discomforts at some time of their life. It is also pretty clear that the longer one ignores seemingly minor symptoms like achiness, tiredness, mild swelling or smaller varicose veins the worse things may become as time marches on.

Many men try to be real “Macho” when they get an ache or pain and just suck it up. However, with some things just sucking it up or dealing with it may not be the best course of action. When it comes to venous issues preventative care and treatment measures for more minor symptoms and conditions could really make a difference. Taking action early on could prevent more serious and agonizing problems that may likely occur down the road if things are left unattended.

The point I am trying to get to here is that men can benefit from wearing compression and support hosiery just as much as women. Men definitely need to pay attention to their leg health too. We only get one pair and they have to last us a life time. Most of us make sure our cars get regular care and maintenance but many men tend to neglect caring for their legs and in particular their leg veins.

Before you think about shopping for compression stockings or support pantyhose you do need to discuss your symptoms with your physician. He will also be able to help you determine which level of graduated compression or support hosiery you will need. Before you can purchase compression hosiery you will have to accurately measure your legs for proper sizing and fit of your compression stockings.

For additional information please also read our posts…

Can Real Men Wear Compression Stockings?

NYLON GENE NOTE: I really enjoyed the author's little bit of facetiousness in pointing out the inconsistencies in we men's outlook on wearing something that could have such a huge beneficial impact on our health.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Is Spanx Considering a Line of Mantyhose?

The huge flood of media activity regarding the mantyhose trend of the past few days is ebbing slightly, though at least a couple of Google News Alerts are still arriving every day. Buried in yesterday's New York Times piece on 'mantyhose mania' (Manlashes, Manscara and Mantyhose - was an interesting quote from Sarah Blakely, the nouveau billionaire creator of the wildly popular Spanx brand.

“I never say never,” she said. “Men are starting to become more and more vocal about what they need. We’ve been getting calls from stylists who tell us that A-list actors and top musicians are squeezing into our Spanx bodysuits for women for movies and music videos. And women are telling us to please do something for their husbands and boyfriends, who are squeezing into large and extra-large women’s sizes.” [emphasis: Nylon Gene]
Hmmm... Ms. Blakely may be beginning to see the light.  If those callers are 'squeezing themselves' into those women's articles for the practical benefits they offer, how long before she ascertains there is money to be made by offering what they need, only in products made for men.  She's a smart lady--if Emilio Cavallini can make money selling (2-3% of their $million annual sales) with an admittedly hard sell of boldly patterned tights for men, how much more so could Spanx capitalize on the market for men in need of support for tired achy legs, or to squeeze those few extra inches off their midsection?  They already have quite a few offerings for men already (ManSpanx/Manx).  Have you contacted Spanx to let them know how Nylon Gene readers feel about this?  It could be interesting to see where it leads...


Thursday, March 8, 2012

A Flood of Media Attention for Mantyhose

Whew! Murphy's Law... It figures a popular news item on the mantyhose trend would spark a big flurry of media activity on the topic just when I'm in full bore study mode for final exams. On the other hand, this is the biggest spate of media attention since I left my job at ActivSkin, and I hate to let it pass by without some recognition.  It appears to have been triggered an article appearing in the March 5 issue of Women's Wear Daily (WWD), a very influential fashion industry magazine.  I don't have time to write anything of substance on the article or the many others that have popped up. However, I can share links to them for interested Nylon Gene readers. Read on..
My Google Alerts email notices have been going haywire sending notifications of all the stories popping up this week with the keywords, 'mantyhose' or similar tags. I've shared a list of them below so you can go check them out. Every one of these appeared within the space of 2 days.  Contribute some good comments and let them know you're out here.
Get Your Mantyhose On - WWD (Women's Wear Daily)
   NOTE: This article (which appears to be the first to break the 'mantyhose' story) is only available to subscribers ($129/year), and you can only see the first few lines of the article.
Pantyhose for Dudes Are Actually Selling Quite Well - Business Insider
Men In Tights: What Do You Think of the Mantyhose Trend? - Style Caster [reported here at The Nylon Gene]
Men's Pantyhose is a Hot Trend Now? Really? -
Man-Tights: An Expanding Movement - Discovery News (Discovery Channel)
Mantyhose Has Got Legs! Men Are Snapping Up Tights, Italian Designer Emilio Cavallini Says - NY Daily News
Introducing Mantyhose. Yes Mantyhose - TIME NewsFeed
'Mantyhose' Is Happening! - The Cut: NY Magazine
Mantyhose - Are Men Really Ready to Wear Tights? - The Week (Lifestyle Section)
Panic in the Streets! Tights for Men Are Gaining Popularity - The Gloss
'Brosiery' and 'Mantyhose' Take Off as Men Seek Warmth, Comfort... and 'Fashion Statement' of Patterned Tights - Daily Mail (UK) [apologies for the long-winded headline]
Hose for Bros: Five Names for the New Mantyhose Trend -
Real Men Shall Wear Tights and They Shall Call Them 'Mantyhose' - The Stir (
Mantyhose, Guylons, Brosiery: Men, Ready to Don Tights? -
Click-Worthy: Men Wearing Tights (or Mantyhose) Is a Thing - Divine
2012 Apocalypse Confirmed as Male Patterned Tights Go on Sale - Joe.IE (ManStuff)
Mantyhose Are a Thing - (Fashion News Roundup)
Mantyhose: Tights for Men and Women - WDIV Detroit TV
Designer: Mantyhose--Pantyhose for Men a Fashionable Force To Be Reckoned With - ABC News

Keep your eyes open. There's sure to be more where this came from...

UPDATE: (Mar. 8) They just keep rolling in. Here are 11 more pieces that've run since I first posted this...
Would You Wear Mantyhose? - CBC News (Canada)
New Fashion Style: Men Wearing 'Mantyhose' - Opposing
Mantyhose May Be the Latest Trend for Men - ABC30-TV, Fresno CA
Men in Mantyhose? Male Celebs We Could See Joining the Trend -
The Best Guests Come Bearing Gifts: Mantyhose, for Bros Looking for Hose - Guest of a
Pantyhose for Men, Mantyhose, Emerging Fashion Trend - WPTV/ABC-TV5
Mantyhose: The Surging Popularity of Tights for Men - Digital Journal (NOTE: Features a pic of 'yours truly')
Will American Men Wear Mantyhose? - WXYZ/ABC-TV (Detroit)
Pantyhose for Men?! Seriously? -
Fellas: Are You Man Enough for Mantyhose? -
Is America Ready for This Trend? Introducing 'Mantyhose' - KSEE-TV (ABC)
Hose Over Bros - The Soup (E Online)

[New for March 9th]:
Mantyhose for Sale: Men In Tights Might Just Be Fashion's Next Big Thing - International Business Times
Mantyhose Sweeping The Nation, Hosiery Manufacturers Report - Inquisitr
"Mantyhose": Pantyhose for Men -
Mantyhose: High Fashion or Just Another Fad? - Christian Post
Mantyhose: Will Men Really Wear Tights, or 'Hose for Bros?' -


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Men In Tights: What Do You Think Of The Mantyhose Trend? on StyleCaster

Recent Mantyhose Publicity

It's been awhile since I last posted new content on The Nylon Gene. Everyday life keeps me busy enough that writing hasn't been high on my list for many months. It's also been awhile since we've seen much significant publicity on the men's legwear trend. But, here you have it from Stylecaster, via the referenced article in WWD (Women's Wear Daily) titled, "Get Your Mantyhose On". Unfortunately, without a $129/year subscription, I can't read the rest of the article. If anyone has access to the content, I'd like to see it. Looks like it could be an interesting article.


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