Simon Doonan on Speedos ' American's need to get over their Freudian fear of showing off their junk'
Huff Post has interesting piece on why we wear board shorts , instead, and the reasons why ( unless your gay, or European). Do you wear a Speedo ?
Apparently a miracle: an Internet article without a link.
I hate when people use "junk" to refer to male genetalia.
Nothing Simon Doonan says is interesting.
I recently went to a pool in Germany, and most of the guys were in shorts/board shorts. The only men wearing Speedos were fat and old.
Here we go again.
In the '70 everyone wore them and nobody thought anything of it.
Now you're an old weird pervert if you even own a pair.
I prefer the way things were. Everything is dirty now, and shame-based.
A link would be nice.
No one should wear a Speedo, unless they have 3 things :
I am so sick of board shorts...it's absurd that this stupid fad has been going on for so long. The designers are the ones at fault, they tell people what to wear.
I hate calling my dick and my balls "my junk," too, R2. I never do it, actually.
Where did it start? I only started noticing it a few years ago. I'll bet it comes from either rap culture or rape culture.
[quote]I prefer the way things were. Everything is dirty now, and shame-based.
I'd add that everything is sexualized now.
Simon Doonan is a silly old queen. His interview with Raquel Welch is one of the most awkward things I've ever seen.
I don't think it's the fear of "showing your junk". It's the fact that a lot of American men--myself included--are overweight. We are doing humanity a favor by NOT wearing speedos.
Why would anyone wear a Speedo? People don't wear them because they're unfashionable. I don't understand the DL obsession with this issue. People don't like looking ridiculous. Some people on DL, apparently, enjoy looking ridiculous. Let's just respect people's choices.
I am always amazed at how the under-40 group of men at the gym will work relentlessly on their bodies and then take off and put on their underwear under a towel. What are they afraid of? Men have been conditioned to cover-up their penis/balls. I could give a shit about who sees me naked!
I didn't like wearing a Speedo when I [italic]could[/italic] wear a Speedo. I'm a grower.
There's nothing Freudian about it. American men have just been taught that flaunting the junk is too gay. Explains the gym towel dance as well.
R20--Why are they unfashionable in the US while preferred in the rest of the world?
Please, if you have a good body you don't look ridiculous in a speedo. They're hardly equivalent to that green thong Borat wears.
It's not so much a package thing [I also think junk is a terrible word for genitals], as a chicken legs thing.
R24, are you really so insulated from reality that you're unaware that different cultures wear different clothing?
Roberto Cavalli is in pics this week, being hosed down by his GF, on his yacht in Sardenia, wearing a Speedo. The tabloid says it all - " Shield Your Eyes". He's proof of what R 7 says. Pics are vomitious.
I like the breezy, dismissive "junk" for genitals.
Sadly, in real life it seems the people most likely to show off their bodies are not people whose bodies you care to see.
How does wearing board shorts somehow make up for not having abs?
[quote][R24], are you really so insulated from reality that you're unaware that different cultures wear different clothing?
Are you so stupid that you don't realize that is what this thread is about.
At least board shorts are no longer down to the ankle. Today's surfers wear shorts that are just to the knee. I've seen non-surfing guys, in good shape, wearing Speedo square-cuts but have only seen about three regular Speedos -- on older men this month. My house fronts on a sidewalk used by a lot of surfers/swimmers going to the nearby beach so I can see the change in styles from several years ago.
Don't forget--they are not only wearing board shorts but they have underwear beneath.
I dont know if its a fear of showing off junk. I think it may have something to do with the fact that they look so damn uncomfortable. Americans have always been more informal in how we dress, comfort usually takes precedence over everything else. Who wants beach sand being ground into your ass and balls by some stretchy, tight fabric?
[quote]The fisrt time I heard the "junk" term was when Jake Gyllenhaal was asked why he dropped out of Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreamers". When he heard how extensive the nudity was he quit with the quote" I don't want to show my junk". That was back in 2002.
[quote]they look so damn uncomfortable.
Just because you think they "look" uncomfortable doesn't change the fact that they are very comfortable.
Why younger men are so worried about anyone in the locker room seeing their penis is beyond me. What are you so afraid of? Like some man is going to attack you and start sucking you off? When I was in school, we had to be naked until we were given a towel. What's the big deal? It's fun to be naked with other men.I guess if your penis is really small or really big….
And they're damn expensive! That's why I just swim naked.
Doonan is being perverted
I read a similar article about Jake, R36, in which he talked about how audiences weren't going to get to see his dick. He didn't say "junk."
[quote]I hate when people use "junk" to refer to male genetalia.
There is something I hate even more.
Broadshorts are ridiculous to swim in - they weigh you down like a hoopskirt.
Thank you, r35. They're some of the most uncomfortable things you'll ever wear. They're also only good for competitive swimming and sunbathing. You can't play in them. You can't surf in them. Give me a pair of trunks any day.
OP, I'm glad you're posting this apparently forbidden question we never ever discuss here.
The reason is: like Saudi Arabia, Amurka is obsessed by sex but *incredibly* prudish.
I would have loved to wear a Speedo about 15 years ago. My body's not horrible, but certainly not Speedo worthy. And, while my cock is okay, I don't have a great bulge. So, a Speedo would really do nothing for me (or for those looking at me).
A Speedo is more than about "junk". It's also feeling comfortable with your body in general. Plenty of people with great packages who I still wouldn't want to see in a Speedo.
We have had this discussion 3 million times here.
The trouble with this stupid go-round is all you old trolls (like Simon Doonan) don't want EVERYONE to wear Speedos: you just want the hot guys with ripped abs and great butts and huge packages to wear them. And you want all the other men to either go to the gym to get that way, or to disappear. But it doesn't work that way. The world does not exist for your viewing pleasure solely.
I see plenty of guys wearing them at the beach. Well, the gay beach, at least. Some have great bodies. Others, not so much. But whatever I think of how someone looks in them doesn't really matter much. People should wear whatever the hell they want.
[quote]People don't like looking ridiculous.
R20, I think looking around you will disabuse you of this silly notion.
Never mind that board shorts are plenty ridiculous... guys wearing MORE clothes to go swimming than they wear to walk on the beach. Jesus. Down below your knees with 47 pockets? As SWIMWEAR? What could be MORE ridiculous?
A nice square-cut swim-suit is the least ridiculous thing of all, and if you've got the body for it, there's nothing "ridiculous" about a speedo.
But board-shorts are COMICAL, they're so ridiculous.
r9 It's interesting how a lowercase "e" changes things.
People wear them because they are the style right now. Why is that so hard to understand?
As for the comfort issue, I can't think of anything more uncomfortable than wearing something that everyone will laugh at and think you look stupid in. Which they will.
A speedo is flattering on only a handful of people. Just like a bikini looks good on a certain number of women. Having said that I wish more young men would wear them. They are usually the ones with the bodies for them. But women are practiced at objectifying themselves and putting themselves on display. Men are a bit more awkward when it comes to that. Woman can walk around in next to nothing without appearing naked. Men come across like they are walking around in their underwear.
[quote]American's need to get over their Freudian fear of showing off their junk'
Yes, it's so shocking that something that was fashionable in the 70's might look passe today!
I get that maybe a lot of Americans do have an irrational, prudish fear of being in a Speedo.
But, there's absolutely no "need" to get over it and embrace everyone wearing Speedos. Long board shorts are lame, sure, but there's really no harm in wearing them. And, there is a happy medium - the old school short shorts (or at least shorter shorts) swimsuit.
Simon Doonan is an irrelevant & highly irritating, pretentious cunt.
[quote]You can't play in them. You can't surf in them.
Right! They always seem to get caught in my cleats while I'm playing. When it comes to surfing, a Speedo is so damn heavy it makes you lose your balance and fall right off the board. Thanks for mentioning these facts, R48.