In case you’re not up to date on male fashion trends, the new hot thing is for males to wear rompers. Naturally, this embarrassing trend has led to a lot of mockery from guys of the non-castrated variety. Prompting fashion-forward “men” to stain their rompers with tears. Like this guy. He decided to write an article chastising those of us who think he looks silly in his cute little romper…
Recently there’s been a lot of buzz and debate centered around a romper. These new “made for men” rompers have gone very far to inhabit a masculine position. Seriously, a “rompHim”? Must we drag knuckles and beat chests at the sight or sound of any opportunity for gender expression? Big question, how and when have rompers been coded as feminine? Furthermore, what’s with all the vitriol following this piece of gender neutral clothing?
No vitriol. No “toxic masculinity.” Just mockery. Some advice. If you’re a lad who’s incapable of handling the jokeage, I’d recommend you refrain from purchasing your summer-wear from the women’s department at JC Penney’s.
The thing is, rompers are traditionally feminine pieces, but not femme exclusive. This speaks more to society’s undertones of gender policing. There are already men who sport rompers. Also what makes a romper more feminine than the “masculine” coverall or overall? Is it just because they’re shorts or is it the fit? Honestly it shouldn’t matter.
Allow me to remind you of what you said back in the distant past of last paragraph. “Big question, how and when have rompers been coded as feminine?” But, now they’re “traditionally feminine pieces.” Good job on contradicting yourself, there.
This gendering is very unnecessary, but for many men this identifier is paramount to their identity. It’s a crutch used to survive alongside their insecurities and exert an image of strength and power. Anything perceived to soften that view is a threat. To be able to hear romper as romp(her) is more comedic than anything, but the torrent of femme bashing rhetoric that has followed is troubling.
Wait a minute. Who’s insecure, here? It isn’t us romper-bashers who wrote a book-length article whining about being mocked for taking our fashion cues from Gidget. That you’re so offended by playful ribbing is a sign of your insecurity, not ours. Jesting has nothing to do with insecurity, but everything to do with boys looking hilariously ridiculous in rompers. Observe…
Perhaps detractors of the male romper are concerned with the numerous side effects that come with romper-wearing whilst male. Testosterone depletion and a complete loss of dignity being chief amongst them. One thing specifically NOT on that list? Getting laid…ever. It would require extensive study, but the gays in the fashion world may have unintentionally stumbled upon a new form of male contraception.
These fancy so-called men can wear whatever they like. Nobody’s stopping them. Just know, we’re going to throw some jokes out when you do it. When your fashion choices are so feminine as to make Clint Eastwood look like Prince, expect for puns to be made.