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We at Christian Home often point out that women sometimes wear men's clothes, but men almost never wear women's clothes. This discrepancy results from the contempt for females boys learn at an early age. Since most boys look down on girls, they abhor articles of feminine clothing. Girls, however, do not acquire the same low opinion of boys, and therefore are quite comfortable wearing boys' clothing from time to time.
I occasionally get a letter from someone who insists that we are wrong about this. These writers say most women never wear male clothing. Most of these letters come from men, although I did get one from a woman who lives on a farm in Texas. So for all of you who have written me to say that women never wear men's clothes, I will present you with evidence.
The phenomenon of women wearing male clothing is so pervasive that it's often featured in women's magazines. In preparing this article, I bought a few such magazines, and then went through them, looking for pictures of women wearing men's clothes. Here is what I found.
On page 80 of the July (1993) issue of Cosmopolitan is a picture of a woman wearing her boyfriend's shirt. The picture is meant to illustrate an article about the problems unmarried couples have when they decide to live together. The photographer shoots them moving things in the front door, and in order to portray their having been a couple for some time, she/he has the woman wear a man's shirt—which the reader will then assume must be the boyfriend's shirt.
Borrowing a shirt from one's boyfriend or husband is a common practice for women. But men never borrow blouses from their girlfriends or wives. They won't wear them around the house, much less out in the street. This is because they view women as inferior to themselves and their male buddies, and so they see wearing a frilly blouse as degrading.
Let's move on. On page 143 of the August Glamour is an advertisement for Sassaby that portrays a woman wearing her husband's pajama top -- and presumably nothing else. The husband is wearing the matching bottoms, and she is rather playfully getting in his way while he is shaving. The point of her sharing his pajamas is to show them as a close, romantic couple.
But it is difficult to imagine a man wearing his wife's pajamas. Can you see him in her lace-trimmed nylon baby doll with matching panties? Of course not! Men have too low an opinion of women to do that. Their contempt for women is so deep that they won't wear feminine clothes even for a moment, and even if only their wives would see them.
This Sassaby ad is aimed at women in order to get them to buy Sassaby products. Try to imagine an advertiser targeting men with an ad showing a man in his wife's baby doll pajamas. Not only wouldn't it help sales, their sales would probably plummet, as men run the other way to escape any recollection of the disgusting image in the ad.
There is more. Men's clothes are even modeled by women in fashion spreads. The August issue of Seventeen features back-to-school fashion coverage, where they say the new trend is "athletic gear mixed with anything you want, guaranteeing that your style will be unstudied this fall (unlike your books)." Then we see modeled not only a number of female items (along with tips on how to mix them with non-athletic clothes), but also some male ones from B.U.M. Equipment. On page 187 one young woman models a boys' hooded sweatshirt and a boys' navy sweatshirt. On page 190 another models a tony boys' sweatshirt in a maroon stripe. Then on page 191 yet another model sports a boys' plaid top. This fashion spread is meant for teenage girls, but it would be hard to imagine a magazine advocating teenage boys wear girls' pink sweatshirts. In any case, the boys wouldn't wear them because they think it's degrading to wear girls' clothes. Degrading, because they think they are superior to girls.
The August Mademoiselle also features models wearing articles of male clothing. In fact there is one right on the cover: a men's melton pea coat available from Schott Bros. But that's not all. White shirts for women are a big thing, right now, and Mademoiselle gives us several pages of them. And on page 154 there is a model wearing a men's tuxedo shirt available from Alfred Dunhill.
I mentioned earlier that a man would not want to wear his girlfriend's blouse because men think women are inferior to them. Women will wear men's shirts, but men will not wear women's blouses. Nor will men wear women's coats, although women wear men's coats, even on the covers of fashion magazines. The reason for this discrepancy is the contempt men have for women, either consciously or unconsciously. Now do you guys get the point? Contempt.