I’m a little unclear why men wear underpants. For any theory I might come up with, there are underpants varieties that undermine it. For instance, perhaps men wear tight briefs in order to support whatever would otherwise be flopping around in there. But then other men wear boxers, which have no such purpose and don’t seem to be much improvement, support-wise, over no underpants at all. Unless it is your habit to wear your pants entirely below your buttocks, in which case your boxers are there to keep you from being permanently banned from public transit.
Do men need to cushion their flopsters? Is it a comfort issue? Is it a matter of avoiding zipper infringement? At a certain long-past time of my life, I was wore a bra for support because it was too painful otherwise, but if that’s a problem with testicles it seems like a major design flaw.
At my age, I feel that whatever is in my underpants should be supporting itself by now and not hanging out in the basement playing video games. So support is not an issue. In fact, my favorite underpants are on the loose side. They make me feel like I lost weight. They still function to run interference with the crotch seam, but really, the reason most women wear underpants is to contain random leakage. Once we’re post-menopausal, when it should no longer be necessary, we’re prone to unscheduled tinkling. If it isn’t one thing, it’s a mutha.
Well, so, I read up. “Some men prefer boxers for ventilation, or to improve their sperm quality.” Wrong, wrong, wrong. It has nothing to do with quality; it’s sperm quantity that improves with boxers. It all has to do with the temperature of the personal portable containment system, a.k.a. the wrinkly duffle. Briefs can keep the fruit of your looms too warm. That’s why the fruits are banging around out there in the first place: if they were jammed up inside, they’d cook the candidates. According to Dr. Grunebaum, the medical director of the WebMD Fertility Center, you should just take off your pants (“when you’re at home,” he adds delicately). “It will not only help reduce testes temperature,” says he, “but it might also turn her on.” Also? It might not.
The same website was compelled to refer to the “diktat of the boxer.” I met someone with a diktat once, but he had to ink it himself. The parlors won’t touch that.
Boxers. It’s a tease. I’m going to take my pants off and then you’ll see—wait a second—more pants! That’s a lot of pants!
The entire issue of sperm count seems to put the lie to the idea that there’s any sperm quality involved. No one’s jurying these suckers. As long as the tadpoles gots their helmets and tails, it’s all about fulfillment, and nobody’s manning the quality desk. A man makes 1500 new spermies every second. The full process of making sperm takes about 64 days, resulting in about 8 billion sperm, or enough to replace every human being on the planet, assuming a willing hostess for that venture can be found, which there can’t. Men with a low sperm count still shoot out at least 25 million of them per load, which purportedly is less than one teaspoon. Which totally does not account for the diameter of the wet spot. Seems to me if you can’t hit an egg with 25 million tries you might be in the wrong locale.
But assuming you are interested in passing on the wonder that is you, you do have to attract a woman in the first place. So briefs might not be the worst idea. At least they give you a place to put the potato.
I don’t know why anyone still wears underpants. It seems to me a vestige of more prudish times. And thongs (or, as I like to call them, “ass floss”) to “prevent panty lines”? Why wear panties then? Just go without, and no panty lines. Now that I am older and no longer have random leakage, I just go commando. It’s more comfortable, especially since I generally wear dresses (although in cooler months, I wear tights underneath. Some women wear panties UNDER their tights, which I totally don’t get. No wonder it takes women so long to use a public bathroom.)
As for men wearing underpants, I don’t know why they do, especially if they wash their clothes after wearing them anyway.
Now bras are another matter, especially if a woman is well-endowed. It’s a matter of comfort.
They’re helpful in running interference with the crotch seam. I’m with you with the skirts though.
See, I hardly ever wear jeans/trousers. i only have one pair in my closet and only wear them for random gardening. The crotch seam doesn’t bother me as much as mosquitoes, thorns, and just bending down.
This is ironic, as I have the same questions about boxers. I have four pair of traditional boxers, all of them gifts from two former girlfriends, tucked away in a dresser drawer and probably 15 years old. You can’t wear them with jeans, or the snug, casual pants a lot of men wear today myself included. I suppose for boxy suit pants. I haven’t worn a suit for 15 years either. At the same time, I cannot imagine going without underpants. I think most guys dribble a couple drops after going to the bathroom, and frankly my um.. sack of groceries needs a little support and some fabric to separate it from my pudgy thighs. I hate briefs though! Haven’t worn them in 20 years! I wear boxer briefs, God’s greatest gift to men! 🙂♥️🙏
Oooooo… you wear snug casual pants? Do tell! 😉 Yeah, Paul hasn’t worn a suit since the last wedding we attended, and it no longer fit him, so off to Goodwill!
And frankly, dribble a couple drops??? When I go to the bathroom in the morning, I always bring a couple paper towels. ‘Cause his aim sometimes is NOT GOOD, and I don’t want to have to wash my jammies if I haven’t actually peed on them myself. Sometimes I even need a freakin’ mop! That really steams me, to have to clean before I even freakin’ pee.
I, a biological make, always sit when I pee unless there’s a urinal. I never liked the possibility (probability) of missing my aim, nor the splashing sound when standing.
I’m glad everyone here is able to get this stuff off their chest.
And Doug, yeah, those boxers were a gift to Dave from me, and he’s never worn them, but I can’t throw them out because SALAMANDERS.
Oh trust me–when I saw those red salamander shorts my first thought was “I WANT THEM!” :^)
I will totally send them to you. Never worn.
Ha for real? Can I ask their size? I wear a 42 waist 🙄
Dave was more of a 36 but I doubt these would’ve been snug. I’ll throw a tape around it and let you know!
They are GAP XL size 37-40. Probably too snug?
Doug is right, women have no monopoly on leakage. I was still a boy scout when I learned the old ditty, “no matter how you dance or prance, the last drop ends up in your pants.
Sort of. I’m with mim, a lot of it ends up kind of everywhere.
I got nuthin’. The diktat thing made me think.
Google Matt Gone. He used to live on my route.
I’d have to send out a search party to locate the diktat on him. Holy cow!
Same reason golfers wear two pairs of pants. In case they get a hole in one.
Might straighten out their putts, too.
The number of euphemisms in this post deserves an award.
Before washing machines, trousers got washed about once a month maybe. (Wool trousers before dry-cleaning? I dunno.) Underpants, being smaller and made of thinner fabric were much easier to scrub and wring out by hand. They intercept drips and smears. Also, men’s pants used to be made of wool or canvas – pretty scratchy for the meat and two veg.
Yeah, I realize that. But my husband is a clothes horse. Because of his younger years, he has a problem with not being clean. So he wears clothes once, then into the hamper. Me, I wear it several times, except for tights and pajamas. So I do laundry almost every day. So there really is no need for underwear. And yet, he wears more layers of clothing than most people, because he’s “Chilly.” Meanwhile, I am in a light set of pajamas and sweating: “No! I don’t want to cuddle! I’m sweating like a pig!.”
Roxie, I think that’s why they made dickies too. You just had to wash the dickies and not the whole shirt. Sometimes I just put all my castoff clothes on the floor and then pick stuff out of it to wear again. (Sometimes? I do that all the time.)
I wear briefs during the day and boxers at night. It’s all about support. Without underpants it just feels like the equipment is in danger from the zipper or a fold in the pants might construct the testicles. I’ll pass on that, thank you.
And yes, drippage is an issue no matter how careful/thorough I am about wiping. The briefs keep that contained.
As far as the briefs vs boxers question goes, I’ve tried both and had problems with the looser fit of boxers allowing the equipment to escape confinement resulting in abrasion or pinching. Nope, nope, nopity, nope.
I truly do not know what it is about this website that elicits so much personal information. I’m not agin it, mind you.
It’s like going to confession, and you’re the priest.
I always thought underpants were to prevent skid marks on the trousers or jeans or whatever the outer pants were. And for years I thought boxers were what men wore to bed, since I saw in movies time and again, men getting up and that’s what they had on, but then they’d step right in to their trousers while still wearing what I’d thought were pyjamas?
I cut out the middle man and just wear pajamas all day. Although not to bed.
Since you’re writing about guy-stuff, I thought I’d chime in so that there would be a better balance of comments here.
Pre-covid, I consistently wore pants that were tropical weight wool — think thin-gauge fabric with a nice easy drape. Without some kind of undergarment, the fabric reveals every little nuance. (As a horny thin gay boy in the 1970s, revealing such nuances was great fun. But it somehow doesn’t work as well for an older, not-thin, guy selling million dollar houses….) I think that this is the same kind of reason why women wore girdles and slips — so that the outer layer of clothing wouldn’t reveal outlines of things like butt cracks, panty lines, or small rolls of fat?
Post-covid, I seem to be wearing washable cotton chinos and khakis. While the thicker fabric is less revealing, there is still the ‘last-drop’ problem. (My theory is that this is because no matter what, the distance between the internal urethral sphincter and the outside end of the urethra is long enough that there’s always gonna be some kind of residual droplet. So no amount of squeezin’ and shakin’ or even wiping will guarantee a last-drop-free micturition.)
Since I don’t like the possibility of running around with a tiny dot of urine poking through my pants, I’ve accepted the fact that underwear is usually advisable.
But back to the “boxers vs. briefs” question. For all my life, it was either briefs or banana-slings. Then 32 years ago a friend gave me a gag gift of boxers. I put them on and HOLY COW, the feeling of Liberation was great! So much so that it outweighed any of the frequently-cited disadvantages.
I guess you could say that I finally reconnected with my inner free-spirited self, just in a different way?
You’re reconnecting with it right now, aren’t you?
My son told me that on one of his deployments to Afghanistan, during the hot seasons nobody wore underpants beneath their trousers. One time he was going through several villages, and discovered he had a large tear in the crotch of his pants. The rest of the mission he spent trying not to offend the locals too much.
Myself, I have no real reason for why I wear briefs, other than I’ve worn them for all my life…habit.
If we keep this going long enough, eventually we will know what EVERYONE wears under their pants.
I used to wear boxers a lot around the house. And I don’t have junk to set free.
Not a cross dresser either but where can a girl find lightweight shorts with cute animal and plant prints? Target used to have a great range of them. Then they switched to a more uh, cupped type (?) of boxer style that definitely doesn’t work for girl wear.
Case in point, I would happily rock those salamanders! And they are my size!
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“At least they give you a place to put the potato.”…as a public service, I think it’s imperative to clarify that the potato is placed in the front. I won’t make that mistake again.
This looks like the perfect place to leave no comment at all.
I’ve gone commando for the past 45 years. I always wear jeans and change them every other day. I haven’t found any good way to avoid the last drop syndrome no matter how much I try to squeeze out my urethra, and that bothers me. I love our bidet: much more comfortable than TP, and no skid marks.
An exception is when I need to wear a tuxedo for choir concerts. Dry-cleaning tux pants is a bother, so I wear boxers.
“No matter how hard you shake your peg, a drop or two runs down your leg.” —old British saying
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Ever since I needed a “skosh more room” I have worn briefs for directional control.
“Wrinkled duffle.” I love this entire thrad.
I am against going panti-less under my clothes. For me it’s a sanitary thing and a feeling of vulnerability. I sleep in the nude except for my underpants. If I don’t have them on I feel weird and can’t sleep. I would happily go to a nude beach topless but not bottomless – sand up there? No thank you! And if I wore no underpants I’d have to wash my jeans all the time instead of once every 3 or 4 days. No thank you to that too!
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