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?