You’ve probably seen it. Maybe you even do it. Guys running, working out at the gym or mountain biking with their spandex shorts peeking out from under something else.
Maybe you’ve seen the guys who wear bicycle shorts with. Or worse yet for me, guys in running tights with shorts pulled on over the running tights.
Doing any of this not only makes no sense from a freedom-of-movement stand point, but also re-enforces an erroneous popular cultural stereotype that any male showing even a bit of a bulge in his crotch is some kind of sexual deviant.
Newsflash. Men have a cock and balls.
Wearing spandex makes a lot of sense for many daily tasks for men. Spandex athletic gear, when fitted properly, is comfortable and easy to move in while providing ;support,and in some cases the right amount of warmth, needed for most activities.
Covering up your spandex athletic gear with other bulky garments has no merit. Not if you are an adult.
Men cover up for one reason and one reason only: any display, even the slightest display or hint of male genitalia in our culture is seen as sexually threatening to both women and other men.
That is a huge shift from even as early as the 1960′s or 1970′s when men were confident wearing athetic gear that revealed a bulge or more. It is a shift in the wrong direction. A shift toward prudish behaviour that re-enforces bad stereotypes and bad self-image.
A guy who jogs down the street in running tights that he’s pulled a pair of shorts over is basically saying “I can’t be trusted to control myself and in spandex you’ll see me displaying something threatening or at best something I’ve been told I should be embarrassed about”.
Clearly, if guys are wearing spandex shorts, compression gear or running tights they understand there’s a value in having both the support and warmth or breath-ability of such a great product.
So there’s merit in wearing it as designed. The guy bought it! He did put it on! But then at some point decided to defeat the whole purpose behind such a garment by pulling something else over top of it.
Bicycle shorts are designed to be worn WITHOUTand WITHOUT COVERING them up in any way.
Bicycle shorts are about cool comfort, easy-of-movement and reduced saddle friction when out cycling even short distances.
So why do men wear shorts over them? You’ve just defeated the purpose of the shorts. Why bother wearing the cycling shorts at all?
Running tights are designed to be worn with LIGHT ATHLETIC SUPPORT such as a jockstrap at most. Running tights provide amazing freedom-of-movement and support while keeping hard-working muscles somewhat warm.
Many brands of running tights can be worn without any support over your cock/balls if you are engaged in light tasks like weight training or walks or even just errands out to the store or market.
Men fear being ostracized if they simply wore the gear as designed.
Like so many other fashion trends, if men just grew up and carried themselves with confidence while wearing the gear out we could do anyway with the silly custom of putting bulky clothes over gear designed to provide us with comfort and freedom-of-movement.