Why is men’s underwear not welcome on social media?
An underwear company that specialises in underwear for men is trying to fight back against increasing social media censorship of its products.
Jules Parker is the guy behind underwear brand Moot. He’s calling out they hypocrisy of social media platforms that allow posts and advertisements that feature women in lingerie when similar images that feature men in underwear are blocked.
“It’s been a year of blocks and now we are having to consider whether we can keep going…” said Anna Kilpatrick, the PR rep for Moot. “With no platform to pay for the small ads, and no budget for big marketing, we are invisible.”
“Issues around men’s underwear adverts seem most often to be related to the presence of the crotch and hints at genitals in the images or slogans which seem to hint towards sexual activity…” said Dr Shaun Cole, associate professor of fashion at the University of Southampton and author of The Story of Men’s Underwear. “There are still double standards in how bodies are represented when semi-clothed.”
A step-by-step guide to a gay underwear party
When you’re figuring out your sexuality and who you are, your insecurities can hold you back in lots of different ways. Once you realise that your most attractive qualities are having some self-confidence and a sense of fun, you’re going to be more open to new experiences.
Something you might be interested in giving a try is a gay underwear party.
Gay underwear parties come in lots of different forms – from spontaneous nights where things get a bit loose at a house-party, to a club night where underwear is the theme and the dress-code.
Underwear parties aren’t always about having sex with the other guys that are there, but there is an undeniable sexual energy when you have a room full of guys drinking and dancing in their underwear. Strangely though, after the initial amusement of stripping down while out in public, you seem to quickly forget that everyone is almost naked – it turns into just a fun, strangely liberating night out.
Here are a couple of gay underwear party lessons that we’ve learnt over the years.
Don’t wear underwear that you’re embarrassed about. You need to feel confident. Inevitably, guys will be judging you on your choice of underwear. This is the occasion when you want to bring your underwear A-game.
If you want to wear a jock-strap, or a g-string, or a j-string, or something a bit sexy and suggestive, then go for it. If it makes you feel good, then this is the party to show off the cool stuff that you’ve got in your wardrobe. Equally though, if you just want to go for a sensible pair of briefs that you know you can dance comfortably in without any wardrobe malfunctions, then that’s cool too. Try and avoid boxer shorts – you’ll feel weird and out-of-place.
Don’t be surprised when guys rub up against you. It’s not necessarily a sexual thing, but if you don’t like people invading your personal space, or being a bit familiar with you, then this might not be the party for you. When you’re on a crowded dance floor and everyone is jumping around in their underwear, don’t be surprised if some guys get a bit handsy – take it as a compliment.
What if you get a bit excited and start to get an erection? Who cares. If you weren’t getting a bit excited at this kind of party then you should probably question your sexuality. Don’t be embarrassed by your body. It depends a bit on the type of party that you’re at as to whether guys are going to be busting out boners on the dance-floor, but ultimately you get to set the boundaries on where the night takes you.
Our final piece of advice is to embrace this unique experience. If you ever get a chance to go to a gay underwear party, don’t judge, don’t hesitate, just strip off and start dancing.
Brand: Joe Snyder
A geek underwear fantasy
Ever wondered what kind of underwear some of your favourite fantasy characters might be wearing?
It might be an indication that we’ve got too much time on our hands, but we like to imaging that we’re undressing superheroes, but the game is to guess what kind of underwear they’re wearing before you peel off the spandex suit.
Here’s some examples.
Hero: Harry Potter
Underwear: Down to business boxer-briefs
Harry is a fairly sensible kind of guy who seems like he’d opt for comfort over style.
His go-to option is probably going to be a pair of boxer-briefs – comfortable, and practical, and leaves him total freedom for waving his wand around.
Hero: The Doctor
Underwear: Thong amongst the stars
Gender is a bit of a meaningless construct for a Time Lord, so trying to visualise their underwear can be heavily influenced by which image they’ve regenerated into.
In terms of sex-appeal, it’s hard to beat the David Tennant era of Doctor Who. He’s got kink written all over him so it’s pretty much guaranteed that he’d be in a thong of some kind.
Hero: Jon Snow
Underwear: Leggings for any weather
This is a man who always needs to be ready for battle – whether that’s in the bedroom or the depths of winter.
Leggings are practical, they keep you warm, and they look great.
Hero: Captain America
Underwear: Innovative briefs
There’s something a bit boringly righteous about Captain America. It’s unlikely that he’s going to surprise you with his underwear – you could pretty safely assume that it’s military issue boxers all the way.
However, there is a chance that those horny nerds in the lab could talk him into trying something out like these innovative-looking briefs. Do it for your country, Cap!
Underwear: Futuristic briefs
With a lycra suit that’s snatched over every crevice of his body, you could easily imagine that it’s commando for this Kryptonian.
However, when the suit comes off, he’d probably want to slip into something a bit sexy with a metallic bling that reminds him of his home-world – something a bit like these super-sexy briefs.
Underwear: Forward thinking and functional briefs
Those Starfleet uniforms are ultra snug, and Spock is too left-brain logical to be interested in underwear beyond its function. He’s going to have a drawer full of identical standard-issue briefs – with some efficient system to ensure that he has enough to navigate laundry cycles and wear and tear.
Obviously, in the future, standard-issue briefs from the Federation are going to be sleek and sophisticated, in a metallic palette.
Hero: Han Solo
Underwear: Jockstrap for a space jock
All swagger and bravado, Han Solo is the ultimate space jock. You know that he only wears jockstraps – a bit cheeky, a bit sexy, and always ready for action.
Boys in their briefs
Underwear: AK Underwear Australia
Location: Huzzard Studios Perth
Models: Liam, Alex M. & Matt K. – all represented by CSA Models Australia
Images: Richards Photography
Get the look – underwear with impact
Guys of all shapes and sizes are continuing to flood social media with confident selfies in their underwear. There’s a lot to love about that, especially when the underwear that they’re wearing is form-fitting and eye-catching, with bright, energetic colours.
The underwear that you’re wearing probably sends subliminal messages that you’re not even conscious of.
We’ve done a deep dive on Insta to do our best to be fluent in the language of underwear.
Fresh and bold
Bright, optimistic – you’re starting off the day on a positive note and feeling good about the world.
Turning heads in the gym
You’re feeling sexy and you want everyone to know it. Maybe it’s Thursday night and you want to party like it’s a Saturday.
You’re on your way to the office. You’ve got some tricky spreadsheets that you need get finished for your boss. Your favourite member of the X-Men is Cyclops.
When the lighting is good…
You’re heading out on a first date. You’re feeling clean and confident. As soon as the conversation starts to dry up you’ll suggest getting naked.
Does my ass look big in this?
You’re going out dancing with your friends, but you’re going to wear your jeans low enough so everyone knows you’re bringing your underwear A-game. After a couple of frozen margaritas your t-shirt comes off.
It’s a Tuesday. Your fuck-buddy is coming over. You’re going to make a bit of an effort, but you know that you don’t have to try too hard.
Briefs for working boys
These are the briefs you buy when you’re heading off on vacation. You know you need some resort-wear and these have tropical freshness that you need when you’re heading out for cocktails.
Dreaming of summer
You’re at work but you wish you weren’t. You’re supposed to be concentrating on writing a report, but really you’re planning what you’ll get up to on the weekend.