There’s Nothing Wrong With Men Wearing Skirts

Jaden Smith is rocking a skirt and womenswear in the newest Louis Vuitton ad campaign, and people are disturbed. Why? Because people are terrifyingly small minded.

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Yes, for some, Jaden’s donning of what we traditionally see as women’s clothing has left them clutching their pearls. This is the end of masculinity as we know it, 2016 is already in shambles, etc. To sum it all up, everybody is being a drama queen over a teenage boy’s outfit.

Is it surprising that people have taken to the Internet to roast Jaden? No, people have been doing it for ages because of his seemingly woke Tweets and, more recently, his tendency to dress in a way that doesn’t conform with our society’s idea of how a young man should dress. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen photos of Jaden wearing a dress or something else decidedly feminine, and it probably won’t be the last. So here’s what I want to know: Who the eff cares? There is literally nothing wrong with Jaden wearing a skirt.

In fact, there’s nothing wrong with men wearing skirts or dresses at all. I know that some might feel the need to cite Scottish men wearing kilts or other traditional clothing as justification for men wearing skirts; but quite frankly, screw that. Kilts aren’t the reason there’s nothing wrong with men wearing skirts. There’s nothing wrong with men wearing skirts because skirts are an inoffensive piece of fabric. That’s all a skirt is, despite being associated with women’s clothing.

I find men’s objections to wearing skirts both funny and grim. Ask your average guy friend to try on a skirt behind closed doors for two seconds. Then, watch them aggressively deny your request, worried that their masculinity will be in jeopardy, that they’ll be seen as “gay” (as if that’s the worst thing on the planet), that they’ll look ridiculous. Yes, even the most seemingly progressive dudes or self-proclaimed “male feminists” will fall into this trap of fearing that they aren’t being man enough. Is anything associated with femininity really that tainted?

Think about it. It’s far more acceptable for women to rock what we traditionally view as menswear than the other way around. Sure, in the ’50s girls had to fight with school boards just to be allowed to wear pants to class, but now? Pants are a staple in all of our wardrobes. We applaud awesome female celebrities like Janelle Monae who incorporate menswear and tuxedos into their signature looks. We’ve embraced the androgynous aesthetic in the most basic way: it can be cool for cis-gender women to embrace men’s fashion, but the other way around? That’s suddenly a problem.

I understand that men have been socialized to constantly be aware of how they’re asserting their masculinity. One wrong move and they’re subject to all sorts of petty harassment.  And as much as other men perpetuate this toxic masculinity, women can often be part of the problem, too. When it comes to Jaden, it wasn’t just men who expressed their disgust; women joined in as well. But instead of succumbing to that kind of socialization, why not fight it?

If you find yourself having a negative reaction to a man in a skirt or dress, ask yourself why. Why is a man dressing that way really so bad? Why should you care? Who decided that a piece of clothing must be divided by the genders?

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Oh, and let’s just get this out of the way: men wearing women’s clothing doesn’t inherently have anything to do with sexual orientation. Hell, Kurt Cobain wore dresses sometimes and as far as we know the man was straight. So why did he wear dresses? Because he liked them. Wow! That’s eerily close to the same reason why literally any woman who wears a dress wears them. Hmmm, it’s almost as if…people wear things because they want to. Shocking. And even if wearing dresses did have a connection to one’s sexuality, who cares? Who. Cares?

Jaden Smith could like skirts and happen to be gay. Jaden Smith could like skirts and happen to be straight. At the end of the day, Jaden Snith enjoys wearing skirts every now and then just like billions of other people on the planet, and somehow that has folks up in arms. I hate to be THAT person, but…there are people out there who are starving. There are literally countless other things that are more important than what Jaden is wearing, but people will take any opportunity to reinforce the apparent importance of sticking to rigid gender roles.

I’ll admit, I would probably do a double take if I saw a guy walking down the street in a skirt or dress because it’s not something that I’m used to seeing all that much. But the unfamiliar isn’t necessarily wrong, and that’s a really important point that needs to be emphasized. Besides, I live in New York City. A man wearing a dress is one of the least shocking things I can come across on an average day.

In conclusion, props to Jaden for shamelessly wearing “women’s clothing” out and about and anyone who thinks that we should all stick to wearing the clothes that society tells us are meant for our gender need to get a clue. At the end of the day, it’s all just fabric that we put on our bodies to express ourselves. As long as nobody is getting hurt then why should anyone get all up in arms?

Besides, skirts are super comfortable, so maybe Jaden will help more dudes see the light.

So, what’s your take on Jaden’s love for skirts? What other traditionally female fashions do you think that men should embrace? Tell us in the comments!

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  • O. Penmind

    If your average guy friend is like me when I was younger, he may be curious about trying on a skirt but not so eager to find out how he’s going to be treated by everyone else for doing so. Skirts *should* be an option for guys, sure, but no “average” guy wants to be the first in his neighborhood to wear one. I had girls offer to dress me up in a skirt or dress a few times when I was an adolescent, and they probably really thought it would be cute, but I always refused, and now I sort of regret it – only later did I realize what their intentions were.

    Generally the guys who wear skirts in a masculine context and aren’t trying to pass as female for fetishistic or transitioning reasons are old guys who don’t care anymore (and go right ahead with hairy legs and all) and guys like Jaden Smith who can get away with it because they are celebrities or semi-celebrities and expected to do things that break the mold. Everyone else is somewhat restricted by convention, which takes a long time to break down.

    All that said, I enjoy seeing women in skirts as much as anyone else! 😉

  • martinbarrdavid

    Skirts or dresses for men are definitely more comfortable than shorts or trousers, shorts or pants because they let sweat accumulate in the groin & crotch area & therefore no rash. .

  • TopCat

    I am a guy who is a fashion rebel – I love wearing clothes that are designed for women, especially maxi dresses, maxi skirts and sweater dresses which I find just so incredibly comfortable to wear. I am also a huge knitwear fan and my wardrobe is full of ‘coatigans’ (absolutely gorgeous), long cardigans, cropped cardigans, boleros and shrugs. I am a firm believer that both women and men should be free to wear what they want to, providing it is ‘decent’. This is, after all, the 21st century!!

    • Martin Barr-David

      Bingo!

  • jawong

    Look ashley people like you is what is turning this world upside down. What is wrong wearing a skirt? For men, everything. There are certain limits and boundaries that were set in place. Men are men and women are women and while I do be live in progress and equality, there are still certain limits that we must respect. If a guy wants to wear a skirt, then that is HIS problem and style of choice but do not make it seem a normal thing.

    • kaf9292

      If skirts become acceptable for men to wear then women will then start wearing pants. What a tragedy!

      • Martin Barr-David

        It became acceptable for women to wear pants decades ago, so it’s time for it to be acceptable for men to wear skirts or dresses.

  • d sloper

    Told my girlfriend tonight I wanted to wear skirts around my property and she said no problem. Does not mind. Yeah. I don’t have the courage to wear them outside though. She understands the comfort and health benefits of wearing a skirt for a man in particular during the warmer months. Skirts are for both male and females to wear. Tonight I wore a long taupe coloured satin skirt and so much more comfortable than a pair of black polyester trousers.

  • gusto10

    feminism is a well organised movement all over the world. I guess that men are not aware of the full extend thereof.
    In respect of wearing skirts as man, why not. Men have the same liberties as women and by origin its is a man’s attire. In daily life, its more comfortable than trousers.

  • Jody Banks

    Here is another thing to think about Feminism & Communism are kind of alike in this way. Communism comes from “Commun” which meens to come together for the common good of all. Right?
    So to have TRUE communism everyone contributes for the survival of all without any one inferiority. As we learned in history, Russia’s Communism failed because it was a flawed system all along. It was a matter of time before it destroyed itself and it did.
    So is Feminism. Not to be confused with feminity, Feminism was not exclussively about women nor womens rights. It was about complete total equality for all through traits and characteristics that are considered feminine. These traits and characteristics are kindness, gentalness, meekness, submissive (not inappropriate nor negative way). All of these in which used in a good way that can be beneficial to all on an equal level.
    However, when looking at the term ‘Feminism’, it is usually perceived exclusively towards women without any benefit to men.
    Historically men have worn skirts, kilts, tunics, robes & togas. During those times not once was ever considered “Feminine” to wear such clothing.
    But in todays standard with all the national diversity and all the intellegence we claim to have make us “smarter”, and yet we let one article of clothing determine what is masculine or feminine based on misguided, brainwashed ideology, etc. that identifies who we are upon a whimsical notice.
    To be honest, this is PATHETIC.
    Lets be true to ourselves as well as to each other. Wear what you want. After all, clothing was ment to cover the body. Besides, who wants to be or see someone else naked out in public? 😝Yuk!

    • whorton

      No Jody Banks. Technically it means, “to share”

      https://quizlet.com/20758418/english-prefixes-roots-and-suffixes-flash-cards/

      • martinbarrdavid

        That’s why Americans hate communism, because they’re selfish arseholes.

    • jeanfor

      Excellent! By the way I wear skirts all the time with no issue.

    • kaf9292

      “Besides, who wants to be or see someone else naked out in public?” Answer: All of us nudists.

  • Jody Banks

    People need to stop harassing the kid and worry about their own fashion oddities. Sure the kid may be wearing a skirt; SO WHAT!
    Heres something to take in perspective. Surely we all have come to some point in our lives when we wore something because we wanted to and people have looked at us differently, but did we let that bother us? NO!
    Why is that?
    Because of the generation we live in. We live in such a “F-U” society that we think of ourselves so highly that. In reality this is the hypocrisy that shots us in the toe more often than we realise.
    In turn, we think what we say, do & wear should and is acceptable, and anything different should be shuned and stamped out.
    This is whats called intolerance. Though we don’t want it done to use, we often practice it upon others. But who are we to judge? Right?
    Hypocrisy & intolerance such a vicious cycle, how much more are we going to allow it to ruin us before coming to terms with a clear conscious?

    • whorton

      Just for the record, I have no issue with guys wearing skirts. . .I would wager it takes bigger “gagazongas” to wear a skirt than regular menswear.

  • Well said Ashley. There is no problem with men in skirts or dresses if they wanted to. I wear skirts and other items society consider as women’s wear as a man. A biological man. A man through and through. I wear them most of the time and in many day to day lifes activities. Why? Because I prefer the character and personality they afford. They are more interesting to wear as well as being far more comfortable, colourful and dynamic compared to mens clothing expectations that society still holds them too. It was right to free up women’s rights, choice and expectations but it should also apply to mens rights, choices and expectations. I regularly hear that it is gender equality with regards women and men must remain traditional. You cannot have gender equality when society curtails one gender but full freedom for another. Clothing choice is just one area within society.

    If a man in a skirt makes him gay, queer and the many other labels then this applies equally to women in male style clothing like trousers, socks, ties, shirts etc including hat and shoe styles all items society frowned upon towards women at one time. Gay/Lesbian is attraction to opposite sex not clothing and those that claim a man in a skirt as being Gay shows the level of their intelligence.

    In this modern era freedom of choice and expression applies to all and both genders. In this modern era of clothing styles and wardrobe a man who is a cross dresser are the men who wear trousers and the many styles now adopted by women. There are not many activities these days where women wear traditional expectation of skirts/dresses. Bride and Bridesmaid and very warm weather. An increase in women in skirts/dresses at weddings and funerals but even now most are trouser based at such events. Even restaurants and theaters. Then their is the male style haircuts that many women now adopt and on the increase but I do not hear negativity of men in pony tails and ear rings!

    You are right to point out that the world has many others concerns to consider not men in skirts which is the same as women in trousers an item of clothing not do long ago society banned women from and tied them to strict expectations society still has for men.