The last time Kanye West appeared at a benefit to help victims of a nature disaster, he stole the show with choice, controversial words. Last night, at the “12-12-12″ Sandy Benefit concert in New York City, the rapper was, once again, the center of attention—but this time, it was for his clothes. The Internet went crazy over Kanye’s black leather skirt, but he’s hardly the first man to rock one. Here’s a look at other men who’ve worn skirts publicly and proudly.
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I'm just wondering - since "manhood" seems to be defined: 1) by the approval of one's peers, and 2) in the negative, as "nothing that women do"... and, since men abandoned skirts as "feminine" because women wore them too... how long will it be before men start saying "Since '85, too many women are getting tattoos - tattoos are now feminine, and it's not OK for men to get tattoos".
The skirts in question except for the leather ones are called KILTS.
A Kilt is a knee-length, skirtlike garment worn by men as partof the traditional national garb, or Highland dress, of Scotland. It ismade of permanently pleated wool and wrapped around the wearer's waistso that the pleats are in the back and the flat ends overlap in front.It is usually worn with the plaid, a rectangular length of cloth drapedover the left shoulder. Both kilt and plaid are woven with a tartanpattern. The ensemble, which developed in the 17th century, is worn forordinary purposes as well as for special occasions. Highland dress isthe uniform of Scottish regiments in the British army; kilts were worninto battle as recently as World War II.
Scottish and Irish men wear them with pride of where their ancestors came from.
You forgot the Egyptians of Cleopatra's time... the Greeks, Romans, Trojans and Mongols... the Vikings, Celts, and modern Scots. Skirts have been unisex for over 8000 years - it's a historically recent, Western idea that "men can't wear skirts.." (sexist against men) ".. because skirts are feminine.." (false, see above) ".. and feminine is bad!" (sexist against women).
Some are pointing to Kanye's skirt as evidence that women, or media, or society, or some vast shadowy conspiracy, are "emasculating" men. First, this argument depends on the false idea that skirts are feminine- and second, it depends on the equally false idea that a man's masculinity is defined by other people's opinions of his clothing. A man can only be "emasculated" if he submits his masculinity to the subjective opinions of his peers - if he makes his manhood DEPENDENT on their approval. But dependence and submission aren't "manly". Cowering timidly in the safety of the herd, mimicking their attitudes, prejudices, and fashions, in order to "earn" manhood by their approval, is less manly than bold, independent, confident defiance of a ridiculous societal prejudice. Any man who feels threatened with "emasculation", has already given up his OWN masculinity.
I salute Kanye.
I find Kanye skirt no more offensive or stylish than his usual pants down to his knees look. To each his own.