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Let’s see if my theory is right that none cares for men in latex yet men always bitch about the lack of menswear out there. When no support is given so we don’t know what you do and don’t like what do you expect? model The Aussie Pole Boys photographer Shayne Fergussonhttp://www.catalystlatex.com/mens-tops/item/15-vest

Some time ago, the experts of rubber design and chlorination at Catalyst Latex left us with something to think about regarding mens’ latex fashion. In short, the general feeling is that there is less interest in men’s latex fashion than there is in women’s latex fashion. The result of this general feeling is that latex designers tend not to focus on creating interesting latex items for men. This, of course, leads to men complaining about the lack of designs available for them to wear.

I feel like there are a lot of different discussions to unpack from this idea. To start, if you are getting enough complaints about the lack of mens’ designs that you feel the need to write a irritated retort about the lack of interest in mens’ latex, then maybe there is actually more support and interest in mens’ latex than you realize.

Anyway, here are some questions a few of my thoughts to start off the discussion.

1) Is there a disproportionately lower number of mens’ latex designs than womens’ latex designs?

Maybe. When you look at websites of many designers, it is not unusual to see page after page of different latex garments for women, but only 4 or 5 standard pieces (i.e. vest, polo, shorts, jeans) for men. That said, just as there are many designers who only create things for women, there are also many designers (often gay related) that only create items for men. It’s hard to say whether the total number of garments made for women is much, much higher than the total number made for men. After all, I’ve been writing this men’s latex fashion blog for how many years now? and I’ve only recently been having a difficult time finding new things to post (and I can be a bit picky with my showcased items). Even if it is a little more difficult to find men’s latex, there are resources out there like my List of Designers. Maybe this all comes down to a case of men complaining because everything isn’t about them anymore!

2) Let’s imagine that there is definitely a lack of men’s designs. What is the reason for this trend?

One user suggested that it was because men like to see women in latex, and not other men. I find that this line of thinking is kind of bullshit because it is condescending to women, and completely takes away any sense of agency from women as a whole, as if they are just some helpless creatures at the whims of the decision making men. While many may act this way toward women, it is certainly not the truth. I whole-heartedly believe that latex-loving women like to see themselves, other women, and other men in latex, and their opinion should not be discounted. 

If anything, it seems most likely that men themselves are blocking the outpouring of latex designs for men. There is nothing so fragile as the masculinity of men, and it is perhaps this that is stymying progress. Because many men are afraid of appearing too “feminine”, or too “gay”, they are less likely to be adventurous with the clothes that they are willing to wear. Nothing too brightly coloured, no frills, no skirts, no fun, and just plain boring. Even in the stores that focus mostly on men’s clothing, you’ll notice that the majority of designs are heavy on the macho side. Motorcycling designs, army uniforms, dark colours, all tough and gruff. Regarding the “too gay” comment, it is possible that many straight men are so terrified of being incorrectly ID’d as gay, they they refuse to look at or acknowledge another man in awesome latex gear.

3) Should anything be done about this?

Ultimately, I’m not sure if there is actually a problem here. Certainly, men need to diversify their wardrobes and be less insecure about the things they wear. However, there are already a lot of different designs for men to wear, and it’s just a matter of finding them. If anything, us guys need to be more open minded about the things that we wear, and less stuck up on the traditional ideals of masc vs femme. It’s okay to try something new, and it’s okay to compliment another guy on his awesome latex fashion sense. 

I’m not sure if I have any more thoughts on this subject at the time, but I’m sure some of my followers do. What do you think about the state of men’s latex fashion?

catalystlatex:

somewhere the sun is shining :D models The Aussie Pole Boys wearing the Catalyst Kilt ♥
photographer Shayne Fergusson 
http://www.catalystlatex.com/mens-bottoms/item/49-catalyst-kilt

It has been far too long since I’ve shared something from Catalyst Latex. If you recall, Catalyst specializes in chlorinated latex which is treated so that it is soft, silky and smooth. It gives it a very different feeling, and also much easier to wear.

Anyway, this Catalyst Kit photo highlights both great latex and great photography. I really like the crumbling stone at the edge of the lake, with all the sunlight pouring in over the latex and the boys. As for the latex, these items look very professional. It’s difficult to tell without the item in my hands, but the seams look smooth and cleanly finished. The colour choices are lovely, and the pleats are particularly well done. The pleats really make this kilt.

Some time ago, I was talking about waist coast. From Catalyst Latex, this is what I usually think of when I think of a traditional waist coat. Also, the cargo shorts in this photo are close to what I want/like, except I would prefer something more tapered and slim fit at the lower end. Overall, this combination seems really relaxed and I could almost imagine wearing it out and about.

Today we’re looking at more Scottish inspired latex, this time from Catalyst Latex.  In this photo, you’ll notice the nice pleated kilt (yes, it’s not a true kilt) and the sporran.  A sporran is a purse-like accessory that functions as a pocket when wearing pocketless kilts.  This is a great idea, and considering how rare functional pockets are in latex clothing, I may need to pick one up myself.  The kilt, one of the nicer ones I’ve seen, has pleats with contrasting colours.  The kilt itself seems to be made from a more heavy duty rubber, which helps keep the pleats from sticking to each other.  

Catalyst Latex also specializes in chlorinated latex.  While regular latex sticks to your body and squeeks a lot, chlorinated latex slides smoothly over skin, making it a lot easier to put on then regular latex.  It’s up to individual taste whether you like chlorinated or unchlorinated.  I’ve never tried chlorinated latex, so I can’t say but I definitely enjoy the friction you feel when latex sticks to your skin.  Chlorination is actually an easy thing to do.  All you need is mix together some bleach and some hydrochloric acid to form chlorine gas, which bonds to the latex and makes it smooth and nice.  These chemicals can be dangerous, so I’d make sure to check the instructions on Catalyst Latex’s website.  Alternately, you can leave the chemistry to others and send your garments to catalyst for chlorination. As for the kilt that I meant to talk more about, the latex is probably chlorinated, which helps prevent the pleats to stick to each other and to your skin.

-thanks twohandstochoke for inspiring this post

Slim Cardigan - Catalyst Latex

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This photo is from the Catalyst Latex website but it’s hard to tell what’s going on with all the angst clouding the picture.  It looks like he’s wearing a slim fit cardigan and with the yoke polo shirt.  Both items look nice and I would probably buy both, given more monetary units.  Overall, I like this fellow’s look but didn’t have much luck finding more about him on the Darkslide photography website.

I should mention that Catalyst Latex specializes in chlorinated rubber, which is rubber that has been treated with a base (i.e.bleach) and an acid (i.e.vinegar) to change the surface of the rubber such that is it smooth and easy to put on without lube or talc!  Very cool!

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