The Nature of Male Toplessness

The other day, a female friend of mine asked me, “Why do guys find any excuse not to wear a shirt?”

My initial response was, “Well…why would we wear shirts if we didn’t have to?”

She replied, “That doesn’t answer my question.”

She’s right. There are so many things that guys do without shirts when we could just as easily do them with shirts. So I’ve been thinking about this quandary, and I have a few answers:

  1. We want to get a tan.
  2. We’ve been working out and want to show the world.
  3. We don’t want our shirts to get sweat stains.

There might be something I’m missing, but that’s pretty much it. The reasons really aren’t that good. Maybe it’s unexplainable–maybe it’s some primal instinct we have. Society (and laws) say we have to wear some clothing, so the shirt is really the only option.

Guys, am I missing something? Or are we all just cavemen with slightly better hygiene?

7 thoughts on “The Nature of Male Toplessness”

    • Ah, I can see that. I’m hoping I won’t be there for a few years, but it hits most men eventually. 🙂

  1. i think that calvin klein is to thank. once he got his rich mits on the male body, took all of its clothes off, and plastered it all over magazines and billboards, we all went and got the idea that we, too, could do the marky mark. and it’s been downhill ever since…..

  2. We want to obey the laws of thermodynamics.

    I don’t know about you, but when a 90-plus degree St. Louis summer day rolls around, no shirt is cooler than shirt. It’s about making my hot body less of a hot body.

  3. I personally enjoy it when a man has his shirt off and has a nice body. If he does that and looks decent that way then I’m not going to complain. That’s my favorite look for a man, shirtless with jeans on. You show me a man looking like that and I’ll give him a reason to continue that trend 🙂

  4. Just decent is all I’m asking for to be happy. Doesn’t have to be nice, I’m happy as long as the stomach isn’t like eating the jeans.


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