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I’ll Take Boxer Briefs


Do you care what a guy wears under? Women spend a great deal of time buying just the right lingerie to create the desired effect on a man. I’ve always thought that men spend almost no time buying the underwear that they find the most comfortable. I figured it was a boxers vs. briefs question, but apparently things have gotten a lot more complicated.


Scott Herman

Scott Herman


The Wall Street Journal online has an entertaining article by Christina Binkley, who recently went underwear shopping with her husband at Macy’s.

He was overwhelmed with his options.

High Anxiety In the Underwear Department: Boxers or Briefs?

“I just want something in gray,” he said several times. Jockey’s low-cut “Echelon” boxers came in gray, which pleased him, but then he began to consider shaking things up with white. His attention was also arrested by a line called “sculptured support.” He figured he could wear the undershirts on his daily runs until I blurted that they looked like ladies’ shapewear. He sped away. Later, Jim discovered that a box claiming to contain a thigh-hugging gripper trunk actually held a pair of low-rise, button-front briefs. No matter. I tried them on, and I like them.”

Apparently, male undies today now “offer the service of “sculpting and supporting muscular movement” — which sounds suspiciously like a men’s version of the Spanx body-shapers. To further flatter the male physique, there are padded briefs and “profile-enhancing” briefs.” I’ve heard some guys complain that underwear these days pushes their junk up and out. But guys are buying these push-up pants in big numbers, just another variety of plumage for the peacock to strut.

One guy wrote the following anonymous ode to boxers:

“So what are the health benefits of boxers and briefs? Let’s start with briefs… They suck the life out of you, literally. Next question. No, seriously, briefs do cause men to go sterile (in some cases). And it has something to do with the elastic, grabbing factor. Testicles were built to roam free. They weren’t meant to be stored in an airtight Fruit of the Loom Hell. Boxers. Boxer shorts are great. Your scrotum can wobble to and fro, making life grand again. I was scared when I made The Switch. I actually wore my whiteys under my boxers for quite some time. Don’t tell anyone. But when I was finally sent free and my balls were released, let me tell you, I saw God. It shook me to the core.”

Seth Stevenson wrote a piece for Slate Magazine: In Praise of Boxer Briefs. He’s got several gripes with boxers:

  1. Lack of cuppage: under athletic shorts, one’s testicles can gain sudden and direct access to the world outside.
  2. Twisting, bunching and wedgifying.
  3. Slit fly encourages “flop out.”
  4. Ladies don’t dig ‘em, especially when they burrow into posterior cleavage.

More interesting factoids:

  • In a recent Glamour magazine poll, 69% of women preferred boxers, while 31% chose briefs.
  • Soldiers prefer boxers. Kind citizens wishing to send care packages to our troops overseas are encouraged to send boxers, size L or XL.
  • Here’s how it breaks down in terms of average number of sexual partners:
    • Commando: 15
    • Boxer Briefs: 9
    • Briefs:8
    • Boxers: 7
  • At Fresh Fodder, a blog about cool things costing less than $10, here’s the pros vs. cons:

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  • HisRoom.com, an underwear site for guys, offers the following analysis:
Boxers:
Pro:
1. Comes in a wide array of colors and patterns.
2. The front fly is much easier to use.
3. Easier to take off (women agree).
4. Crotch temperature stays cooler.
5. Women tend to prefer boxers on their man when he’s a little out of shape.
6. Considered socially acceptable loungewear.
7. Can camouflage a man’s physique.
Con:
1. When wearer becomes excited…, it shows.
2. The legs are open along the bottom.
3. Provides almost no support.
4. Bunches up when worn inside pants.
5. Thick waistband can cause irritation.
6. Their looseness can cause them to ride up above the waist.
Briefs:
Pro:
1. Prevents “dangling”.
2. Won’t bunch up when worn under pants.
3. Legs have elastic.
4. Provides support.
5. Stays in place – no riding up.
6. Looks best on a guy in great shape – and women agree.
7. The choice of European men.
Con:
1. Overlapping fly is almost impossible to use.
2. Generally not acceptable lying-around-the-house wear.
3. When the elastic band deteriorates, the whole brief looks tacky.
4. Comes in fewer colors and patterns.
5. Moving from briefs to boxers has traditionally been a passage into manhood.
6. Can become out of shape and “bag” in all the wrong places.

Do you have a preference?

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  • Decoybetty

    I guess whatever floats his boat…boxer briefs seem the most practical – but who am I, one without a penis, to declare…Just like I don't want a guy making me wear a thong, I just say no.

    In other news, I went shopping a while ago in an Australian department store and saw the most AWESOME briefs ever. They were in Australian Green and Gold (Green background colour GOLD KANGAROOS all over them). They were ridiculous and amazing.

  • susanawalsh

    Those kangaroo briefs do sound awesome. I think they would make very cute boy shorts for you! True, he should get to decide, but I do think the boxer briefs are the best of both worlds. They're sleek but not dorky. And the shorts silhouette without the bagginess is nice. My husband wears baggy boxers, and I love him dearly, but model Scott Herman looks pretty damned amazing in boxer briefs.

  • Beki

    I too am partial to the boxer briefs look on a man. Somehow briefs on a man just kind of creep me out (weird I know), and boxers just look outdated. Boxer briefs, in my opinion, look good on just about any guy!!

  • susanawalsh

    Looks like the ladies are swinging heavily towards boxer briefs. It's hard to believe no one thought them up until the 90s. I was surprised to learn lots of guys go commando. If I took off a guy's jeans and there was nothing under there, I would be totally skeezed out.

  • http://singlutionary.com/ Singlutionary

    I love commando. What is wrong with that? Going commando is healthy every now and again.

    By the way, there is an award for Hooking Up Single on Singlutionary! Check it out!

  • http://singlutionary.com/ Singlutionary

    Ahhh. I meant Hooking Up Smart! Sorry. I've been writing comments all morning and my brain is about to fall out. Kinda like that guy's balls when he goes commando in shorts!

  • susanawalsh

    Yayayayayay! Thanks so much! One of my favorite things about being a blogger is getting to know all the other cool women bloggers. It's been awesome. I can't wait to check out some of the other blogs you love!

    Re commando, I guess that's a personal preference. Personally, I like a commando scene for sleeping, and walking around the apartment with a guy you're into.

  • susanawalsh

    Haha your brain is swinging free!

  • http://singlutionary.com/ Singlutionary

    I love commando. What is wrong with that? Going commando is healthy every now and again.

    By the way, there is an award for Hooking Up Single on Singlutionary! Check it out!

  • http://singlutionary.com/ Singlutionary

    Ahhh. I meant Hooking Up Smart! Sorry. I've been writing comments all morning and my brain is about to fall out. Kinda like that guy's balls when he goes commando in shorts!

  • susanawalsh

    Yayayayayay! Thanks so much! One of my favorite things about being a blogger is getting to know all the other cool women bloggers. It's been awesome. I can't wait to check out some of the other blogs you love!

    Re commando, I guess that's a personal preference. Personally, I like a commando scene for sleeping, and walking around the apartment with a guy you're into.

  • susanawalsh

    Haha your brain is swinging free!

  • b.

    i know i’m late to the party, but add my vote in for boxer briefs! i agree that boxers look outdated (and i can’t really see the point of them; why not just go commando?). a loose-fitting boxer brief in a modern color (my favorite: sage) is so sexy. and for me, i only own thongs, though i am currently in the market for a cute tanga-style panty for the bedroom! apurrrr

    • http://www.hookingupsmart.com Susan Walsh

      Hi b! Thanks for commenting. Sage boxer briefs – that does sound sexy. I had to google Tanga panties but they sound like the perfect compromise. More comfy than a thong but still sexy.

  • d

    I love boxer briefs! There’s just something about them that makes a guy even sexier! I think it’s because they’re fitted enough so you can see his package and bum but don’t have the reminds-me-of-my-dad factor of briefs. Boxers would be my second pick, but I would much rather see a guy strut around in boxer briefs.

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  • ImTheShaggyOne

    Calvin Klein Micro Modal Boxer Briefs. End of story. There’s nothing better. Perfect amount of support, comfortable, and no chafing. Apparently they are pleasing to the female eye too.

    I do sleep in boxers though.

    • http://www.hookingupsmart.com Susan Walsh

      @Shaggy
      Why sleep in anything?

  • ImTheShaggyOne

    I don’t know what it is, but I just feel weird sleeping naked. It’s like my junk is unprotected. That being said, I don’t like sleeping in boxer briefs because that feels too restrictive.

  • Shawn

    What about designer briefs by Calvin Klein or Armani? Would you ladies prefer the boxer briefs over them?