In the wake of a string of incidents in which men’s clothing has been used to humiliate women, some men’s fashion is starting to come under fire.
For example, in the United Kingdom a man was charged with attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl in January and another man in the UK last week.
In March, a woman was found unconscious in a London hotel after her underwear was pulled off.
Now, some brands are trying to get the word out that underwear that doesn’t come with a zipper or a pocket on top will no longer be accepted as acceptable.
“You have to be careful,” said James Kettle, a designer and author of The Men’s Guide to Casual Style.
“There’s been an evolution in the last couple of years, but I think there’s still this stigma around it.
We’re just starting to talk about it and the more people we talk to, the more comfortable we become.
But, yeah, I’m very cautious about how we put our clothes on, especially with men’s,” he told Newsweek.
Kettle said that while it’s not something that’s as much of a concern to men as it is to women, men still need to be aware of how their clothes can be used to mock and degrade women.
“Men have a tendency to assume that they’re a sexual predator, but women are actually more vulnerable than men, especially in the workplace.
Women are more likely to be sexually assaulted in their workplace and it’s more common for them to be verbally abused,” he said.
“We need to educate people about the difference between sexual assault and being sexually harassed.”
Men are also still getting away with it when it comes to making fun of women.
“I think we have a bit of a ‘gotcha’ mentality, but the way we make jokes about women is much more subtle,” said Adam, a 26-year old male designer.
“Men will say things like, ‘Why don’t you get off the floor and get it over with?’ or ‘Why do you keep making such a fuss about it?'” he said, laughing.
“It’s something we’ve always done.
And I don’t think we ever say it out loud.
But I think people assume that, ‘Oh, they’re so uptight about it.’
I think it’s a very normal thing that men do and it can get away with a lot.”
In the United States, there’s a movement to get men to take a stand against men’s sexual harassment and abuse.
In May, a group of men in New York City launched a campaign called #SayNoToHate, which aims to educate men about what is and isn’t acceptable when it’s happening to them.
The campaign, which has seen over 300,000 tweets sent to men, is also launching an online hotline for men to report sexual harassment.
“While we’re on the subject of sexual harassment, we want men to understand what the difference is between sexual harassment that is based on power and sexual harassment based on a lack of consent,” said a spokesperson for the campaign.
“If a man has been sexually harassed, it’s an unacceptable act that needs to be reported to the authorities.
We want to show that there’s an outcry over sexual harassment but also that there is a response to it.”
It’s a topic that has been discussed by many men’s designers and men’s rights activists, but Kettle is skeptical that these kinds of campaigns will make a big difference.
“To me, the only difference between the two is that men have to understand that it’s wrong,” he explained.
“For me, there is no difference.
There is no question about it.
I think that women are far more sensitive to this stuff and they’re not afraid to speak out.”