Some people wonder about men wearing women's leotards. The leotard is a body-hugging garment that is typically worn as a dance practice or workout piece of clothing. It leaves very little to the imagination, as you can see by this photo. That is one of the reasons why ballet students wear leotards in class; so the teacher can see every muscle and judge every movement.
If you have ever seen photos of a ballet class during practice, you will notice two things. Most beginner level ballet classes have either all girl students or all boy students. Mixed gender classes usually happen further along during training when the female and male dancer are taught how to partner during a performance. The other thing you will notice is that only the female ballet student wears the leotard with her legs showing.
The Leotard Is Thought Of As A Female-Only Garment
Male ballet students in class typically cover their legs by wearing tights over their leotards. Male dancers most often wear white t-shirts and tights instead of going bare-legged in a leotard. There is much debate about whether a man should or should not wear a leotard in the same way a female does. The ballet is full of die-hard tradition. That includes dress. Bare-legged men and ballet are rare.
The Leotard Was Invented By A Man
Somewhere back in history, the leotard went from being a garment made for male trapeze artists to being just a female garment. The leotard itself was invented by Jules Leotard, a French man. How it got switched like this is anybody's guess. Many men who choose to wear leotards are accused of being cross dressers or worse. The problem with leotards is that they only come in one way. They don't differentiate between male and female. They simply stretch over the body.
Should Men Stick To Unitards?
Should male dancers and regular guys who wear leotards worry about all this fuss? I don't think so. If people really understood how history, tradition and changing values affected the leotard, they would understand that leotards were originally made for men by a man. Unfortunately, Jules Leotard isn't here anymore or we could ask him about it. My greatest quess is that the leotard design made way for bathing suits that were more flattering to a woman's body shape than a mans. It just might be that the female ballet student is actually wearing a garment that was made as a mans garment and society is now conditioned to the leotard as being "female".
What do you think about the guy here ? Do you feel he maintains a masculine appearance or does this strike you as odd and out of place? For any guys reading this, would you consider wearing a leotard? Ladies, would you date this guy???
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