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Men’s Favorite Garment May Be the Skirt

7 Feb cheerleading girl

cheerleading girlIt is indisputable that men like women in skirts.  This is as much a tautology as that men like online games or that playing at a casino online has many advantages over travelling to a land based casino.  What, then, is it about skirts that turns heads and frankly makes us drool?

The Ancients All Wore “Skirts”

Before men began wearing pants, everyone wore some form of skirt.  They weren’t called skirts back then; they were called togas, for example.  The toga was a skirt because it didn’t have pants legs so the skin was freely exposed beneath it.

In those days, the garments women wore were far less attractive than they are today.  The concept of skirts paralleled the development of modern dresses.  Both skirts and dresses were extremely confining to women.  Under both skirts and dresses, women had to wear hoops or petticoats or other confining garments.  A woman who didn’t wear such confining garb was considered a loose woman.

The Patriarchy Placed Requirements Upon Women

So, men, let’s be honest about it: we began to insist that our women wear skirts and dresses as a form of patriarchal control over them.  Women were seen as a form of possession until just recently by historical terms in the West and still are in many other world cultures.

As women became more involved in daily life, even though men were still clearly in charge, men wanted women to look as sexy as possible.  Skirts and dresses were the perfect garments for women, even when they were so long that men saw little if any leg.

Ahhh! Legs!

At this point in clothing history we arrive at an interesting truism of what men really like to look at when they look at women.  We like to see a woman’s face and we like to see a woman’s legs!  The former is so obvious we needn’t elaborate on it but the latter is a bit counter-intuitive.

Don’t men like to see the shape of a woman’s breast?  We do but we don’t generally see the actual breast.  Keep in mind that at the beach or poolside, we see very few skirts; at those happy places we see far more breast than we generally see on an average city street.

There is little in the way of clothing that enhances our view of the shape of a woman’s breasts.  Skirts and dresses, however, come in so many lengths and styles that we can feast our eyes on many different views of women’s legs.

The mini-skirt craze of the 1960’s was a combination of women releasing themselves from the constraints of the longer skirts and the newness and freshness embodied, literally, in the sexual revolution.  The mini-skirt craze played itself out in just a few years.  Calf-length skirts and dresses made a comeback by the early 1970’s because women quickly discovered that mini-skirts brought in their wake too much unwanted attention.

Today, the most common skirt length is just above the knee which satisfies almost every man’s desire to see some leg and a woman’s desire to be seen as modest.

Skirts vs Dresses

Finally, we have arrived at the single most interesting aspect of skirts for women: they afford both women and men the most flexibility in clothing.  Even though few men would venture to wear the patterns and color combinations women are so comfortable wearing, men love to see women wearing them!

As sexy as dresses are, and who can deny it, skirts allow women to mix and match far more than they can with dresses.  Men love the massive number of styles and combinations possible when women match tops and skirts.  We just don’t like to accompany women when they go shopping for such clothing combinations!

Men in Skirts

There is a nascent movement to put skits on men.  It will not get far.  Men have not been trained to sit with their legs together from a young age.  Women will never sit with their legs apart as men do.  So the skirt shall remain a woman’s garment and we, as men, will love them for it!

A Chemical for All Seasons

18 Jan girl dressed in red

girl dressed in red

We all know what readers of National Skirt Week like the most: skirts and all the other sexy accoutrements of womanhood.  More likely, you don’t know why.  Of course, we like looking at sexy women, but why?

The Brain is a Feel Good Organ

The answer lies in a chemical that our brain produces called dopamine.  This chemical makes us feel really good.  The brain produces it when it’s stimulated by things we like to see, do, hear, feel, smell, taste, and so on.  So, when we gaze upon an attractive woman in a skirt we feel good and that stimulates the brain to produce some dopamine which in turn makes us feel even better.

Help Your Brain Help You

As you might have guessed from the short list above, there are many things stimulate the production of dopamine.

  • Look at interesting things.  Aside from beautiful women we can look at beautiful sunsets, beautiful architecture, or a beautiful painting.  If you look at something beautiful with a beautiful woman at you side, your brain will go bonkers!
  • Play.  You can play with your children or grandchildren, friends and colleagues.  What’s important is that you play.  Games can run the gamut from computer games to casino games to briny games (in unalphabetical order).  People who play casino games online say that it’s often better than playing at a land based casino.  Find a Vegas casino online and play there.  You’ll have more time to help your brain get jiggy with dopamine.
  • There are so many other things we can do to get our brain stimulated to produce dopamine.  Creative activity is the true brain food!
  • Exercise is well-known to produce a kind of high.  Hello, dopamine!  Swimming may be the best exercise; runners swear by it; bicycle riding is also very good; and the under-appreciated walking does a great job of making us feel good.
  • Need we mention sex?  Good sex with a happy partner feeds the brain with joy-bearing chemicals including dopamine.
  • Listen to music.  We think that the best music results in the most stimulation such as classical, folk, groovy rock n’ roll and the like.  But if you really get off on rap or heavy metal, then by all means.
  • Get some sun.  The sun’s rays help our bodies produce many helpful things including dopamine and vitamin D.  But we must urge you to temper your exposure to the sun because we aren’t sure that it doesn’t also produce skin cancer.
  • Get an adult hobby.  It’s also good to work hard to remove bad habits.  One way to do so and to get your brain feeling really good is to substitute bad habitual behavior with a good hobby.  Enter any hobby store and you’ll see a vast world of hobbying pleasure.
  • Drive.  We definitely do not mean to drive in rush hour on a hot day with the sun in your eyes!  We mean: hit the open road.  We have reduced our automobile vacationing so much in the past 40 or so years that by now we can see what we are missing.  The open road beckons to us.  We don’t need a cross country trip; just a nice excursion on a weekend eveningWe can travel to a nearby city.  We can go to a small town.  Sample the local restaurant.  Maybe see a live performance.  Look at the artwork of the local artists. We can get outdoors in a park with bicycle rentals, hiking, or simply walking trails.The key here is to begin the day with a planned road trip.
  • Touch someone.  Holding hands is a great stimulator.  Just holding hands has been shown to produce a kind of joy that is hard to reproduce in any other way.  Grandparents can attest to the awesome joy they get when a grandchild offers to hold their hand.  Massage is a form of therapy for a very good reason: it feels great!

Increase Dopamine with Food and Drink

We can also eat and drink our way to happiness the dopamine way.  Some of the claims regarding food and drink are unproven.  For example, some claim that caffeine stimulates dopamine production.  We can’t encourage the consumption of vast quantities of coffee.  Green tea has many other good components and a small amount of caffeine.

Some fats are good for us and some not.  Trans fats are the bad guys of the moment.  Saturated fats remain on the eat less list.  Avocadoes, olive oil, and coconut oil are at the head of the class circa 2018.

Turmeric has become the spice of the times.  They say that it’s best if you can get real turmeric root and grind it yourself.

All the green savory herbs like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme are good.  So are basil and oregano even if they didn’t fit the music.

Even here sugar is on the no-no list!

If you can stand the taste, brewer’s yeast is rich in the B-complex of vitamins which is good for dopamine.

Raw nuts and seeds are good.  Roasting destroys many of the healthful components of the nuts.

Gingko Biloba is supposed to do magical things for any number of bodily functions so why not enhance dopamine, too?

If you like fish, you’re in luck.  Fish oils are said to stimulate dopamine production.  But we are told to eat fish that lived in their natural habitat, not pond-raised fish.


Skirts are far from the only things that make us feel good.  One of the more pleasant outcomes of looking at women in skirts is that it stimulates dopamine in our brains.  As it turns out, quite a few activities, foods, and drinks do so as well.  All good!