is what the men who love MUGs say they are fighting against. MUGs are Male Unbifurcated Garments such as kilts, and the movement against Trouser Tyranny calls its adherents Bravehearts after Mel Gibson’s smash hit movie back before he went mental.
Some of the rhetoric on their site is a bit over-earnest (the writer really really really doesn’t like trousers on men), but I find it hard to argue with the logic that men have been systematically brainwashed against wearing anything but trousers to cover their loins, to the detriment of both free choice and comfort.
Basic anatomy explains why trousers might be more comfortable on a woman than on a man. One of worst things about trousers is the way the fabric, seams, and zipper all converge at the crotch – the very place where men need the most room – resulting in varying degrees of confinement and friction. Men have learned to tolerate this as the price of wearing pants. However, after wearing a kilt regularly, a man becomes acutely aware of how annoying trousers really are. Women, because of their different anatomy, don’t suffer the same constriction in the crotch that men do. In actuality, women are far more physically adapted to trousers than men are.
(If an alien unfamiliar with Western clothing styles were presented with a naked man and woman and asked to match them up with a skirt and trousers, it’s easy to imagine that, based on anatomy, the man would get the skirt! Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, living in Sri Lanka and wearing sarongs instead of trousers, declared that “Trousers are a Western absurdity.” )
Consequently, it is perfectly sensible for men to adopt kilts (or variations such as the Utilikilt) as their customary attire and let women wear the trousers. We should not be cowed by fears that our masculinity will be called into question. We should not let ourselves remain prisoners of blind conformity. Kilts are not only more comfortable than trousers, they are also more masculine, better looking, and more natural for our male anatomy.
If we are proud of our maleness, we should treat our male organs with greater respect than by cramping them in trousers. If we are proud of our masculinity, we should not be afraid to wear something really macho, like a man’s kilt or Utilikilt, rather than clinging to trousers like spineless wimps. If we pride ourselves in having a free country, then we should exercise our freedom by wearing kilts, Utilikilts, or other MUG’s whenever and wherever we want.
Well ok, perhaps that last paragraph is a bit over the top. I was inspired to go looking at kilt pictures by this weeks Tuesday Lechery post from Sheelzebub at Pandagon, where much appreciation with a picture of a man wearing a kilt was expressed, and via this search I found Bravehearts, which alongside the rhetoric against Trouser Tyranny has lots of lovely pictures of men in kilts (take some smelling salts).
Now, I found Bravehearts through the Kilt Inspector site. Opening her page is Safe For Work, but clicking on the thumbnail pictures she has under the title “These Guys Pass Inspection” may not be, as what she inspects is whether chaps in kilts have gone “regimental” or not. I give you one thumbnail link below as a sample.
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The picture the Kilt Inspector has next to this in her Inspection set, of the piper in a kilt, is priceless.