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.