I bought my first thong about 10 years ago, and it was kind of an ordeal for me. I was thrilled and excited to try it out but also felt very anxious and self-conscious about it at the same time. To complicate the whole thing, even more, my partner at the time did not share my enthusiasm, and really just made me feel foolish and embarrassed. The whole experience left me conflicted, both curious and shamed.
Well, a whole lot has changed since then. First and most importantly, I have a new partner now, and she loves to see me in thongs. But more than just that, the industry and culture have changed. While at one-time mostly just a novelty item in adult stores, thongs for men are now produced by high-end fashion designers. And while perhaps still really just for the more adventurous, the prevalence of them on the market is a clear indication of broader acceptance. So, I sometimes ask myself, what’s the big deal about it all? Why did/does this kind of underwear solicit so much curiosity from me, and such strong and divisive responses from people around our culture? I decided to do a little digging into it, to see if I could learn a little more about it all.
A quick google search shows that my question and interest in the subject is not at all unique. There are posts online trying to document the history of men wearing thongs – offering evidence of ancient Greeks and other cultures wearing them – as justification for wearing them today. There is no shortage of YouTube videos in which men and women discuss the pros and cons of seeing men in thongs, and you can even find podcasts in which men talk about what they like about them.
Having looked at all of this kind of stuff, and as someone who has been wearing thongs for about 10 years now, here are a few things I think you should consider if you what to add them to your underwear repertoire:
At this point, I think I have more thongs than I do any other style of underwear. If you’ve never tried them, I hope I have something here to give you a little encouragement! And if you do try them out, please come back and share your experiences with me here! If you already wear them, I’d love to hear what you think too.
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