Box­ers or Briefs?

NZ Today - - TALKBACK -

Who re­mem­bers the univer­sity stu­dent ask­ing for­mer US Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton whether he wore box­ers or briefs? I do and it wasn’t so much the ques­tion, it was the fact that Bill an­swered! I think he said box­ers, but I can’t quite re­mem­ber.

Box­ers are much more pop­u­lar in the United States, you don’t re­ally see them here and I can’t imag­ine they give much sup­port. How­ever, dur­ing a re­cent un­der­wear buy­ing ex­pe­di­tion for a spe­cial male in my fam­ily (on be­half of Santa), I was sur­prised not only by the range of undies now avail­able in New Zealand, but also by the astro­nom­i­cal cost of them. The pair I even­tu­ally chose was $50! I couldn’t be­lieve it. Santa’s elves must be charg­ing over­time to stitch those pup­pies up.

The other thing that sur­prised me was the sug­ges­tive­ness of the poses of the in­cred­i­bly hot men mod­el­ling them on the front of the pack­ag­ing. I haven’t seen any­thing that good in per­son since the Mul­doon ad­min­is­tra­tion. I imag­ine it must be quite dis­con­cert­ing for the real men re­cip­i­ents of the undies to try them on, only to find they don’t quite look like Dan Carter. At least it means that we are not alone, be­cause I don’t look like the pic­tures on the tags of women’s un­der­wear and I imag­ine most of us don’t.

There were so many dif­fer­ent styles (tighty-whities, box­er­style briefs, ones with long legs, ones with short legs), the only thing miss­ing was the men’s bikini brief (do they still make them?).

And thank good­ness there wasn’t a thong in sight. They should cer­tainly be banned for both men and women.

There was a se­ries of brightly coloured undies with racy ti­tles, I think they were a Euro­pean brand, and there were some that came in a pack of two. I didn’t ex­pect so much va­ri­ety, but it got me think­ing that it is nice that men are also in­ter­ested in mak­ing an ef­fort with their un­der­gar­ments as we have been ex­pected to do for so many years.

When I was a young grad­u­ate, I worked for IBM in com­puter sales. One of my clients was Ben­don and I was in­vited to the launch of the Elle MacPher­son range of in­ti­mates, at­tended by Elle MacPher­son her­self. I was only young at the time, around 23, but I was still blown away by Elle’s stun­ning beauty and poise and I re­mem­ber then think­ing what an in­cred­i­ble coup it was for a New Zealand man­u­fac­turer to score one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful su­per­mod­els to de­sign an un­der­wear brand. And she still de­signs for Ben­don and she even has a men’s range. So there you go.

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