Do Real Men Wear Girdles? Unfortunately, The Answer May Be Yes

If you watch sports on television you have no doubt seen the series of Miller Lite commercials in which men are called out for such unmanly acts as:

Foregoing a back pack and hiking with a pull-behind suitcase.


Trolling for beads at Mardi Gras by flashing their moobs (short for man boobs).

Getting up to go to the bathroom in a restaurant and asking the guys if they are coming along.


To this list of man-card violations, I submit the following for consideration:

Wearing shapewear.

Manx is a brand of shapewear for men. It is made of a tight, clinging material that will smooth out a man's lumpy areas … within reason.

A 250-pounder is not going to look like a distance runner after squeezing into a Manx T-shirt. More probably he is going to resemble a giant muffin with legs. I mean, at some point the extra stuff you're squeezing in has to pop out somewhere, right?


On the other hand, if you have some minor love handles, a bit of belly hanging over the belt, or a chest close but not quite ready for a B-cup, then I suppose Manx might do you some good — although you didn't hear that here.

Questions of manly manliness aside, there is anecdotal evidence that more and more men are embracing shapewear.

The fact that you can buy shapewear at Macy's is not surprising. The fact that you can also buy it at Sears is, well, fairly disturbing.

"Where you off to this morning, honey?"

"Going to Sears to pick up a sump pump, a set of socket wrenches, and a pair of high-waist compression underpants."

"You might also want to think about some padded butt briefs, too, dear, for that fuller behind."

If the concept of body enhancing (or should that be dehancing) undergarments sounds familiar, it is probably because you have seen the "Seinfeld'' episode in which the male bra "the bro" or the "manssiere" were featured.

Actually, gynecomastia (woman-like breasts) is a condition that affects 40 to 60 percent of the male population, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgical procedures.


Just wondering, but will it matter to women if a man's boobs are real or not?