Lingerie Hey!

Over the past few days, I have noticed a number of girls mention both on here and on other forms of media that while THEY feel sexy in their underwear, they rarely ever get complimented on their underwear. Is this true? I mean, I hope it’s not the case! Yes, you could say that underwear is to a woman’s body what wrapping paper is to a Christmas present and while it may look nice, really it’s what underneath that the receiver is excited about. But actually, it’s more than that isn’t it. It’s an intricate thing. While you might think that the bows and wrappings are overkill, actually it adds to the excitement. It makes you more curious perhaps. It certainly can add to the grandeur of the gift. I know that is a lot of metaphors to throw around but you get my drift. FURTHERMORE, sometimes, the idea of less is more doesn’t always apply to underwear. You may think that just having a thread is sexy but a little bit more can actually be more sexy. 

For example:

THIS is sexy 


While THIS is NOT. 


At the end of the day, it all does come down to taste. But I want to take this time to thank all you ladies who painstakingly go to all the effort to look your best. And while I know that you don’t do it for us men necessarily (it’s to make you feel sexy yourselves),  I want to thank you for the effort you put in to the tiniest detail to make you that little bit more awesome. 

PS. I just want all of you to know that scrolling through pictures of women in lingerie to find appropriate pictures was a gruelling task that I unfortunately had to endure. I am grateful for your sympathies and understanding for my welfare at this time!

Thoughts?

His and hers underwear

I recently came across an interesting blog post from Janaline’s world journey that had me quite perplexed. Why do you ask? Well I was perplexed because the post highlighted an odd trend in South Korea. A trend of matching his and hers underwear. “Surely not?” you cry! But it’s true. This investigative reporter had to find out more. After all, is it a trend localised to just South Korea? Or is this a metrosexual trend that is capturing the hearts and minds of people worldwide. These important questions had to be answered and by George, I will give you the answers. 

Believe it or not, matching couples’ underwear is NOT a trend just in South Korea. In fact, it’s a trend that has been on the increase globally. That’s right, Mr Joe Bloggs now wants his banana hammock to match his lady’s panties. In fact, major companies such as Etsy and Amazon have been selling these items now for quite some time.  But is it trendy or just plain weird?

Well…what do you think?

EXAMPLE 1.


 Fresh out of math camp, this girl and boy duo prove there is nothing more fun than hanging out at the beach together in matching undies. 


EXAMPLE 2.

This couple prove that even if you’re a man with a tattoo, you can still embrace your feminine side. Odd that she would match her knickers with her man but not want a matching bra. 


EXAMPLE 3.


No matter what his sexy partner wears, this fella will happily match. Even if it’s floral.   What a flower!


EXAMPLE 4.


Nothing says sexy like prancing horses. By the way, that dude is fixated on her ass. I mean, it’s a nice ass but be professional fella!

EXAMPLE 5.


Ello sailor. I guess this proves that the navy have matching underwear all the way down to the panties. But please, I don’t want to see that man salute. 

So there you are. I’m going to wash out my eyes now. Because it doesn’t matter how many semi naked women I see, it’s all ruined if there is a man with her. 

Back to men’s underwear – now have a ruler

We live in a pretty vain world. Men and women will make a decision on a person based purely on how they look. Now don’t look shocked! I’m not saying YOU do this but you must at least admit that a number of people you know do this. Come on, be honest. 

And while women make get worked out over washboard abs, firm butts and perky breasts (amongst other things I’m sure), men worry about muscles, abs and obviously – schlong size. That’s right, men worry about that. Why? Well because the size of your ding-a-ling is a reflection of your masculinity to many men. No one wants to be told “it’s not the size that counts but how you use it”. Men with large johnsons will smirk and say “you’re just saying that because you are small down there!” Not to mention, girls are quite often pretty upfront with the fact that bigger is usually better as long as bigger isn’t a whale penis. This fact is usually quite depressing to the average man (the average penis is roughly 5-5.5 inches long apparently). 

What does this have to do with underwear you ask? Well! Bring in Stance. If you don’t know who Stance are, they are an American clothing brand that sells, amongst other things, comfortable underwear. They even do patriotic pants as seen below. 


And sure, if the Stars and Stripes aren’t enough for you to raise your preverbial flagpole first thing in the morning, they do a whole range of stuff including this snazzy number. 


HOWEVER, behind the facade of lovely comfy undies is something much more sinister. It comes in the shape of…..A RULER. 

“A RULER?” you cry? Yes a ruler. The perfect thing a man needs to make a man’s underwear purchasing just that bit more exciting. And it is not just any old ruler, it’s a 9 inch ruler which as you know is the number that most men lie about having on Plenty of Fish. 


So why would Stance provide a ruler with your undies? Is it because nothing says new undies like measuring your meat? I don’t know. But I find it really weird. I mean imagine buying a new bra and it coming with a pair of my hands to measure your cup size? It’s a bit crazy right? 

All I can say; nay, all I can hope is that any man who doesn’t use that ruler to draw lines but instead takes it upon himself to measure himself up, I sure hope he throws it away afterwards. 

Yours sincerely,

A silly man. 

Bras and Boobs (A poem) – not to be taken seriously 

They hold within objects so dear

To many a man who likes a woman 

And in a multitude of materials woven

and colours so varied for one to lust. 

As to whether their support is needed

I am not one to offer judgement 

Though when I see one; or just a strap

My mind begins to wander over

Yes, what they hold will sink a man 

and make him surrender all his honour

Those cushion hammocks are to plunder

If only she would take my number.

A cheeky thought had crossed my mind 

That beauty is far more than a teet

But bouncing bossoms will take me under 

Oh what a sight; a glorious treat. 

The male underwear conundrum

For most women I know, underwear is a sacred thing. Indeed, for most girls I know, they can never have too much. It can be silk or satin. Lacy or frilly. I probably don’t even know enough adjectives to describe the different types. For guys it’s different though. 

You see, men very rarely go underwear shopping. Sure, there might be an occasion where we see something funny and decide to buy it on a whim but we don’t go through aisles looking at pair after pair. In fact, a lot of us would be happy just buy a generic pack of three. Of course, in the metrosexual world that we live in, there are those that want the brand names. I mean, some guys really want to have Calvin Klein written a few inches from your genitalia and to those guys, fair does. But as long as they are comfortable and they are in reasonably good condition, then that’s usually fine. I certainly don’t buy underwear with the intention of feeling sexy. But then again, I don’t post pictures of myself in my underwear on Instagram like some guys do. 

It’s interesting in a way though why girls pay so much attention to something that no one else can see. I mean, I’m not complaining. Some of the stuff I’ve seen from La Senza in the past has made my eyes nearly popped out. Maybe it’s because women’s underwear is more substantial. As women wear more of it, it takes on a greater value. Obviously there is the element that if you look good, you feel good. And I guess that in itself is why men don’t get as excited by underwear. I mean, you either have acceptable underwear or budgie smugglers which are only acceptable if you are a 70s porn star with a Magnum PI moustache. I’ve definitely never been Ina situation where I’ve looked at myself in my boxers and thought I look sexy. But, maybe that’s a confidence thing?

What do you think? Why do guys care less about underwear? How often do you shop for it or shop for your partners? I’m interested to hear your thoughts. 

Bras and breast cancer: the deets

I recently saw a post on WordPress that intrigued me. The post was concerning bras and their potential for causing breast cancer. Now, I can honestly say that I’d never heard of this before. But then again, why would I? I don’t make a habit of shopping for bras right? Well, that’s true but I also work in the medical domain so the idea that bras could cause breast cancer did intrigue me and I did some digging. 


The idea that wearing an underwired bra can cause breast cancer has been around since 1995, when Sydney Singer and Soma Grismaijer published their book Dressed to Kill, which claimed there was a link. The idea was revived more recently when a practitioner of alternative medicine wrote an essay on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, Goop. 

It should be stressed though that none of the people mentioned above are either cancer researchers or certified clinicians. 
If you work in the field of medicine like myself, you become distinctly aware of how research is validated or certified if you will.  Essentially, research, as well as review articles that are valued within the scientific community undergo stringent assessments in the form of peer review (this is where your work is assessed by other scientists in the field). In the top journals, peer review is often blinded, performed by experts and is usually organised so that the researchers are in no way associated to avoid bias. 

It should also be noted that journals are ranked by impact factors. This essentially is determined via the number of citations a journal has over a particular time frame. The best journals have the best articles that are read the most and are cited the most. The top work is usually cited frequently as to be expected. 

With that in mind, it is important to note that Singer and Grismaijer’s “study” was not reviewed by medical experts, nor was it published in a respected journal. According to a version of their story, they interviewed more than 4,000 American women and discovered that women who don’t wear bras have a “1 in 168 chance” of developing breast cancer, as opposed to a “3 in 4 chance for those who wear a bra 24 hours a day”.

Their explanation for this is simply that underwired bras block circulation of lymphatic fluid, causing breasts to swell with what they called “toxins”.  However, the cold truth is that it is unlikely that lymph fluid would be trapped by an underwire, because it doesn’t flow in that direction, and a properly fitting bra prevents breast ligaments from overstretching. 

Scientists have also criticised Dressed to Kill for not taking into account known risk factors for breast cancer, most notably obesity, which increases the likelihood a woman will wear a bra for longer periods.

It should also be noted that a comprehensive 2014 study by the globally respected Fred Hutchinson Cancer Centre in Seattle found that no aspect of bra-wearing was associated with breast cancer risk, and Breast Cancer Now, Cancer Research UK, the American Cancer Society, and the US National Institutes of Health are just a few of the organisations that have stressed the clear lack of evidence that wearing bras increases cancer risk.

This myth that wearing bras can cause breast cancer is actually a cruel one for the very reason that it is perpetuating the idea that breast cancer is purely self inflicted and that breast cancer sufferers are responsible for having this horrible sickness just because they wore a bra. 

For those interested in the risk factors and probable causes of breast cancer, you can check out this informative link HERE from Cancer Research UK. 

Now, I am not going to harp on about the pros and cons of wearing bras. It truly is not for me to decide as man. Personally, I think they look great but should that be a reason to wear them? And from reading various reports, it seems that there is no definitive benefits for wearing them or not wearing them though nothing is conclusive. So I guess what I’m saying is that I suppose it is a personal choice whether you do or you don’t. Either way, if you like your bras, I feel it is important that you are aware of the facts as they are. And until more data comes out that states otherwise, I think it is safe to assume that your bra will not kill you.