Mantyhose Sweeping the Nation, Hosiery Manufacturers Report

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Like manbags, murses and other traditionally feminine trappings adopted by men, mantyhose are what we’re now calling men wearing pantyhose.

According to TIME, Mantyhose are currently sweeping the nation and along with it, a debate over whether mantyhose are threatening traditional female-only pantyhose. Or something. Gender identity aside, what the hell, men wearing pantyhose? It’s only in the last decade we females have been able to free ourselves of the restrictive, pointless fashion exercise that pantyhose represent- you can see, sometimes, in an office, the generational divide based on who is wearing the garments- and now you’re picking them up?

One can only imagine that mantyhose suck as much as pantyhose or perhaps even more, given the equipment differential men must consider when donning skintight, seamed apparel that serves little to no purpose except to acquire runs and start sliding down your legs as you’re running for a subway train. Tights can provide warmth and trap heat in cold weather, but the nude, suntan variety of hose? Useless and dumb!

Apparently, this hasn’t prevented men across America and in Europe from inflicting mantyhose upon themselves. Francesco Cavallini, vice-president of high-end pantyhose flogging company Emilio Cavallini told WWD:

“When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized medium-large were being purchased by men… so I did a search on the Internet and discovered there is a cult following for mantyhose.”

Cavallini continues:

“The mantyhose are extremely elastic and stretchable and can fit men comfortably at the top. If it’s fine for Italian guys, it’s fine for the world.”

Would you go home with a dude wearing mantyhose?