Archive for the ‘Clothing’ Category

Cartooning at the diner

July 6, 2014

Today’s Zippy, with Zippy and Griffy on cartoon styles and men’s fashions:


And, in the third panel, a diner — which turns out to be identifiable, and leads us to some surprising places (Mercury Comets and English pubs):


Lateral flash thong

June 16, 2014

(Mostly, but not entirely, about men’s underwear.)

On Facebook, a link passed on by Matthew Melmon  to a June 13th posting on the Metro (U.K.) website, “Amazing news! Now you too can own this delightful swimming ‘sock’ “, showing a lateral flash thong on the ITV2 reality tv show TOWIE (The Only Way Is Essex):


A remarkable garment indeed: how does it stay up? And who wears something like this in public (outside of outrageous precincts like TOWIE)?


Zippy on sleep, and more

April 28, 2014

Today’s Zippy (more or less about sleep), with a rich collection of references and allusions:


Some cultural references, another diner, and (via the diner) country ham and beaten biscuit (“Food, Glorious Food”).


Today’s hunk

March 13, 2014

(Not about language, except insofar as the question of what constitutes genital nudity comes up.)

From Max Vasilatos, this impressive hunk, from male photographer Jonathan Black’s book Idols:

This image definitely skirts the limits, though it came through the U.S. mail as is. (The issue is not that it is evidently homoerotic, but that it shows a bit of the model’s penis root.)


March 5, 2014

Today’s goofy Zippy:



A grab-bag of stuff here, beyond the 60s clothes: the playful coolth (which has been around for some time) and Clauditude (certainly special to Zippy); the punning allusion to John Donne’s “Ask not for whom the bells toll; they toll for thee”; and the extra language play in the title, on polyester.

Eleganza Fashions (aka African Eleganza Fashions) is still in business, but in much reduced form; its Facebook page says it’s located at

2045 University Blvd #4 (BEHIND DUNKIN DONUTS), Hyattsville, Maryland

More Santa skin

December 19, 2013

Following up on Santa skivvies (here), here’s a Skintight Santa Costume on BoingBoing 12/16:


This year’s Santa skivvies

December 17, 2013

(Not a lot about language.)

Time for this year’s bulletin on the Santa Skivvy run in Boston:



More bottoms and tops

October 29, 2013

From Chris Hansen on Facebook, this new contribution to the clothing bottom/top thread:

Previous installments, with explanations of the sexual senses of bottom and top:

7/11/11 “Active bottoms”

1013/11 “More bottoms”: Big and Tall Bottoms

3/29/13 “Colored bottoms”

House men

October 27, 2013

(Not really about language, but just about popular culture on a Sunday morning.)

Re-runs of House have been going past me this morning. On the show, from Wikipedia:

House (also known as House, M.D.) is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show’s main character is Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius who leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital … in New Jersey.

The show is formulaic, tying medical drama (with the team running through a series of diagnoses in the face of baffling symptoms) into the seriocomic soap-operatic drama of the characters’ lives.


Swiss shirtlessness

October 21, 2013

From Amanda Walker, this link to a piece from The Local: Switzerland’s News in English, on “In Pictures: Shock! Farmers in underpants are models!”. Ok, it combines Switzerland (one of my two ancestral lands), shirtlessness, and underwear — three topics of interest to me personally. I have my shallow days.

A controversy has erupted after an annual calendar featuring buff Swiss farmers was exposed for showing “pretty boy” models in their place. Have a look at these pictures from the 2014 Schweizer Bauernkalendar and judge for yourself. Should they have used 12 genuine farmers instead?

The cover:


An item in the huge genre of Hunk Calendars — firemen, farmers, bodybuilders, male hustlers, what have you, in several languages and social contexts. Affording the pleasures of contemplating the male body. Some of them purport to present genuine members of the category in question, others (like the Boys Next Door) are obviously fantasy fodder using male models. The problem with Schweizer Bauernkalendar & Alpenboys is that it cuts across these lines (as you might have expected from Alpenboys).



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