Why bears don’t wear pantyhose


OK, I know I’m the editor here, but you guys can tell me when you notice my screwing up.

I wrote a survey for you (below) and originally titled it Today’s bear legs culture.  None of you called me on it, but later when checking the results I noticed my mistake.  Of course it should have been bare, not “bear.”

Wish I could say I wrote that on purpose to get people to respond, but it was a total blonde moment.  I went to see the votes (as of this writing, 83 percent of you have chosen “Can’t die a horrible death soon enough”), and I busted out laughing about the mistake I made.

But now, I kinda like it.  So I changed the original headline of this post, too.  Maybe we ought to refer to women who choose not to wear pantyhose as having “bear” legs instead of bare legs.  But I like bears, so maybe not.

I’m still baffled by this whole bear legs movement.   What is it about this global protest over wearing pantyhose?  OK, let’s review here: Pantyhose are too hot, too uncomfortable and too … what? … too girlie?

Korean actress Lee Yoon-seong and friend.

Those arguments crack me up.   Let’s break them down, shall we?

Too hot:” I suppose if you work outdoors in Miami, pantyhose would be too hot.  But c’mon, you drive to work in an air conditioned automobile, and you have to walk about 20 feet from the parking lot to the air conditioned office where you’ll spend your entire day.  Sorry, that excuse doesn’t fly.

Too uncomfortable:”   Well, if you wear the super support kind, which are so tight everywhere that they fit and feel like a skin diver’s wet suit, then yes, you’re probably going to be uncomfortable.  Pantyhose aren’t uncomfortable.  High heels are uncomfortable!  But no one’s calling for a boycott of them (thankfully).

Too girlie:”  Hey, if you just really don’t want to be all delicate and feminine, then why even bother wearing a dress?    Is that where we’re headed?   Today, the enemy is pantyhose.  Then what?  Tomorrow, women will decide it’s too girlie to wear dresses or skirts?

What are your thoughts about this subject, pantyhose lovers/haters?   Please comment on this post, or at least participate in our poll (it’s still open) with the goofy heading.

Thanks, and ActSensuous.

NOTE (Sept. 3, 2011):  Special thanks to Bridget Brown, owner of Solarity Design (a graphic arts design company) and an ActSensuous customer, for her clever artwork of the bears ripping apart our pantyhose.

NOTE II (Sept. 3, 2011):  The haters must be taking my poll.  Now, the results of “Today’s Bear Legs Culture” are only 58 of the 107 votes so far (58 percent) are for: “Can’t die a horrible death soon enough.”