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by Ralph
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: In the News / Advocacy
Topic: LA Times article on men’s skirts
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: LA Times article on men’s skirts

This, completely unrelated to the skirt subject at hand, made me spit out my morning tea in hilarity: “The brushwork here is ... present,” Reminds me of Truman Capote's "That's not writing, that's typing" or Dorothy Parker's "... the gamut of emotions from A to B". Getting back to the primary topic,...
by Ralph
Fri Oct 08, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: In the News / Advocacy
Topic: Breaking the Gender Binary with Rob Smith | Rob Smith | TEDxCMU
Replies: 69
Views: 914

Re: Breaking the Gender Binary with Rob Smith | Rob Smith | TEDxCMU

Stu, I would posit that men don't carry handbags is due to them having pockets, not only in trousers but also jackets. I started carrying a purse years ago when it became clear that I could not make room in my pockets for driving glasses, sunglasses, reading glasses, phone, pen, car keys, wallet, t...
by Ralph
Tue Oct 05, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Clothes that Unite Us
Replies: 25
Views: 651

Re: Clothes that Unite Us

I'm with Sinned on this one. Most of my knickers are what my friends derisively call "granny panties" - full-cut, high-waist, low-leg briefs that are rather like a big nylon sack around my groin.Because my waist is so much bigger than my hips (unlike the bodies these are usually designed for), that ...
by Ralph
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:13 pm
Forum: In the News / Advocacy
Topic: Breaking the Gender Binary with Rob Smith | Rob Smith | TEDxCMU
Replies: 69
Views: 914

Re: Breaking the Gender Binary with Rob Smith | Rob Smith | TEDxCMU

Ralph - I am not sure I understand your argument or how it relates to what I said, I thought I was agreeing with you, but I obviously did a very poor job of expressing myself! but here's a simple and very relevant question. Why do you wear skirts. Definitely "a" for me - I wish skirts (and dresses,...
by Ralph
Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:05 pm
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Clothes that Unite Us
Replies: 25
Views: 651

Re: Clothes that Unite Us

For the life of me I cannot see how discussing outsize bra sizes has anything to do with it. Fair enough. I think I can follow the pattern of thread drift. We went from These are clothes common to both men and women and not intrinsically meant for one sex or the other to These are clothes which are...
by Ralph
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: In the News / Advocacy
Topic: Breaking the Gender Binary with Rob Smith | Rob Smith | TEDxCMU
Replies: 69
Views: 914

Re: Breaking the Gender Binary with Rob Smith | Rob Smith | TEDxCMU

I partly agree with him that people should be able to dress as they want, but there is an internal contradiction in his point. On the one hand he says he wants to break the gender binary while, on the other hand, he is still associating clothing with gender. To my mind, you can't have it both ways....
by Ralph
Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Clothes that Unite Us
Replies: 25
Views: 651

Re: Clothes that Unite Us

Sure, it's a survey in a group that's going to attract people with hard to find sizes, but I don't doubt the problem is real. I had no idea breast sizes went up that high. Can you imagine being that one person (presumably female) who is 34LL? What would that even look like? Also, why is AA smaller ...
by Ralph
Sat Oct 02, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: In the News / Advocacy
Topic: How the length of a skirt can inhibit learning?
Replies: 21
Views: 427

Re: How the length of a skirt can inhibit learning?

As to too short skirts, well I enjoyed them and don't feel my education suffered all that much from a couple of missing inches of cloth! :D Of course it has nothing to do with "inhibiting education". While I hate to speculate based on what others are thinking, I can hazard a guess on school dress c...
by Ralph
Sat Oct 02, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Latest Developments in Fashions
Replies: 6
Views: 501

Re: Latest Developments in Fashions

Always wondered, why not just put the zipper for a dress on the front? Maybe that will be what determines a men's dress from a womens dress. The some of the egos can relax some. I always prefer a back zip, for a number of reasons (only some of which I understand myself - a psychiatrist could build ...
by Ralph
Tue Sep 28, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Clothes that Unite Us
Replies: 25
Views: 651

Re: Clothes that Unite Us

I hope so. They [ed: bras] look so unnatural and uncomfortable. Perhaps. My wife always hated wearing a bra, but she hated the discomfort of her generous breasts flopping around loose even more. Of course that's a sample size of exactly one, so I don't know how many women consider them a "necessary...
by Ralph
Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Rethinking Lingerie....
Replies: 69
Views: 2696

Re: Rethinking Lingerie....

Ralph, I think you misunderstood what I was saying (or trying to say as obviously I failed); people shouldn't feel the need to justify wearing anything. The skirt was an example of me giving up justifying my choice. Jamodo shouldn't feel obliged to justify wearing a bralette, whatever the reason. N...
by Ralph
Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Rethinking Lingerie....
Replies: 69
Views: 2696

Re: Rethinking Lingerie....

Jim, that question can also be applied to men wearing skirts. I used to have "good" reasons for wearing a mini skirt, saying they are more comfortable and cooler in summer. As I got reluctant to give them up in winter I gave up rationalising and now just say "That is what I like to wear". I am sure...
by Ralph
Thu Sep 09, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: In the News / Advocacy
Topic: Lifestyle Asia: Who says dresses are just for women?
Replies: 21
Views: 779

Re: Lifestyle Asia: Who says dresses are just for women?

There is Ralph, you just have to cross the great divide. The similar examples that I own are UK female size 16-18 and possibly the most comfortable garments I own. With a little thought it is also very easy to dress them up or down as required. Well yes, of course we can (and do) wear whatever we j...
by Ralph
Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:46 am
Forum: In the News / Advocacy
Topic: Lifestyle Asia: Who says dresses are just for women?
Replies: 21
Views: 779

Re: Lifestyle Asia: Who says dresses are just for women?

Yawn. After several decades of taking the bait promising that "this is the next big trend for men", I have learnt that what rich celebrities do almost never translates into what I can find at the local department store or see on the street in my hometown. When Wal-Mart or TJ Maxx offers skirts and d...
by Ralph
Mon Sep 06, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Freestyle Fashions
Topic: Presenting "as a woman"
Replies: 60
Views: 1784

Re: Presenting "as a woman"

I’m happy to allow the odd digression, but this is - uniquely - a place for guys to wear skirts etc WITHOUT looking like women. I have no problems with those who wish to go down that avenue - but it’s not what this particular forum is about. Well said! I have said almost those exact words on my own...