e-MANcipate!: a movement to encourage men to wear stockings

e-MANcipate! is a project to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item.

If it sounds a little strange, apparently there’s a rational explanation for it. To quote the site

Men who wear pantyhose as a normal piece of clothing do it to improve athletic performance, energize and revitalize tired, aching leg muscles, and to stimulate circulation if they sit all day. In addition, compression can help reduce swelling and decrease the dangers of circulatory problems. And of course there are many men who simply like the soft material and the comfort that sheer pantyhose provides.

Truck drivers are wearing them as well

At the recommendation of my wife, I got several pairs of sheer knee-high support hose that I wear under pants, and I wear either light to medium support sheer beige pantyhose or thigh highs openly under shorts, and I’ve noticed a major improvement in how my legs look and feel, and my venous ulcer is almost completely healed.

I’ve only had a couple teenagers snicker once (who cares?), and I’ve worn them exposed into dozens of truck stops, restaurants and even to family events without even one negative comment or odd look that I’ve noticed.

My wife convinced me to start shaving my legs which makes the hose fit and feel very nice, and as a bonus she thinks that they make my legs look “sexy”. I’ll also admit that I very much like the way they feel and look on my legs.

I am completely convinced that if more men could get over their insecure bias against wearing a “feminine” garment and try a pair themselves, that within a couple years we’d be seeing men openly wearing hose with shorts as a mainstream fashion.

There are even companies producing panyhose specially for men. I’m all for being inclusive, but you’ll understand that I’ll be giving pantyhose a pass myself.