Wake Up and Wear the Pantyhose


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     Ladies, have you noticed that men have been telling us for some time now that they love women in pantyhose.  

     Men are talking about this subject on Internet chat rooms or blog threads.  They are subscribing to the hundreds and hundreds of Web sites out there whose content is dedicated to women in pantyhose.  They are looking at, posting and downloading pictures of women wearing pantyhose everywhere in the world.

      Call me crazy, ladies, but shouldn’t we be listening?  Shouldn’t we care about this a little more?  

     Throughout history, we’ve made every sacrifice out there to make ourselves more beautiful, more glamorous, more appealing. We wear high heels that one day will likely kill our feet forever.  We do spa treatments, obsess over hair and makeup, even undergo surgery if we think it’ll help our cause. 

     Yet, men aren’t asking us to do any of these things.  To men, none of these things make us sexier to them than our wearing pantyhose.  Men aren’t asking on a global scale that we wear shorter skirts or higher heels.  They simply, honestly and with compassion, are asking that we grace ourselves with the softest, silkiest, most decidedly feminine and beautiful thing we could ever wear. 

     Yet, women everywhere shun the wearing of this lovely, classy and glamorous accessory. In light of everything else we do to ourselves in the name of beauty and glamour, how did pantyhose become the enemy here?

     Here’s what I think:  Men ought to start fighting back!   That’s right –men should arbitrarily decide that they no longer are going to wear neckties, for example.  They should show up at the office in suits but no ties.  After all, ties are too hot, too tight, and too uncomfortable to wear.  And really, they’re sooooo yesterday. 

SPECIAL INSERT:  Guys, c’mon.  No comments from you about this?   I’m out here carrying the torch for your favorite fetish, beating up my fellow gal-pals over it, and giving you this brilliant suggestion about how to get back at women for not wearing pantyhose.    Yet, no comments?   I thought we were friends!   Where’s the love?

     Indeed, men ought to just unbutton their shirts to show off their gold chains instead?  We could call this new fashion trend the “bare necks movement.”  Or what if men wore designer suits but no socks?  The “bare ankles look.” 

     Really, men should show a lack of professionalism by dressing this way not only at the office, but on television shows, in movies and on the Red Carpet to collect their awards? 

     And how about on dates?  Men could certainly show their women how much they respect and appreciate them by choosing to look “so cultured” when being seen in public with them.  

     Think about it.  What if men arbitrarily decided that all of a sudden they just don’t need, or can’t be bothered with, dressing in good taste?

     Isn’t that exactly what most women are doing today?  And isn’t it getting a little old?

Pantyhose – To Wear or Not To Wear II


    

Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     Two months ago, I wrote what was originally going to be a follow-up to last year’s post: Why Bears Don’t Wear Pantyhose.  But the headline, and ultimately, the post, changed because I realized I first had to gather some current solid intelligence. 

     So I wrote the above-titled post in April and attached a poll under the same heading: Pantyhose – To Wear or Not To Wear.  The poll invited (ladies only) to select whether they choose to wear or not wear pantyhose and why/why not.  

     The choices for answers I offered were pretty strong: 

  • I choose not to because I believe in and completely support the cause for the bare legs movement … period
  • I choose not to because the excuse now exists thanks to the bare legs movement
  • I choose not to on my own personal volition because I think pantyhose are uncomfortable, impractical and/or unnecessary
  • I choose to because I believe in and wholeheartedly support the concepts of beauty, glamour, class and sexiness inherent in pantyhose
  • I am not on one side or the other and would wear or not wear pantyhose based on the appropriateness of the situation/environment
  • Other 

     I thought I was opening the door for those women with “bear” legs to pounce.  I figured that, once armed with the reasons real women gave for not wearing, I would write Why Bears Don’t Wear Pantyhose II and completely debunk all their ridiculous excuses. 

     Unfortunately, two things have kinda killed that plan.  First, no one has taken the poll (as of this writing on June 12, we’ve gotten only eight responses.)  Second, of those who did take the poll, only one of the eight chose a negative answer – the first one. 

     Now, of course, I am delighted that 88 percent of the poll takers selected the most positive response – I choose to because I believe in and wholeheartedly support the concepts of beauty, glamour, class and sexiness inherent in pantyhose

     Makes me wonder whether, despite my plea that ladies only take the poll, it was actually men who so overwhelmingly voted positively. 

     I am leaving that poll open, but I’m not expecting much more activity out of it.  

     I have seen many blogs in which women totally haterize about pantyhose and swear they never will wear them.  Yet, I give them a golden opportunity to anonymously trash the wearing of pantyhose (all they had to do was pick a button), and they don’t bite.  

     So tell me, readers (men and women), what do you think this means? Could there be a shift in fashion attitudes brewing out there?  Maybe those who’ve been committed to “bear” legs are starting to come over to the good side.  

We’re seeing more and more pantyhose these days.  They’re in magazines, TV shows, TV commercials, movies, concerts.  Are pantyhose getting a leg up in the marketplace again?

Why the ‘Visitors’ are really here


     Twice before, I’ve written about Anna, the beautiful and charismatic leader of the Visitors from another planet. 

Morena Baccarin as Anna, the boss lady lizard, on ABC's "V" TV series is stunning in pantyhose during each episode.

     She claims the “V”s “Come in peace.  Always.”   Yeah … not sure anyone’s really buying that, Anna.    

     While Anna’s been selling the Visitors’ unselfish desire to share with us lowly humans their vastly superior medical and environmental technology, clearly, there’s something else going on here. 

     Besides, if the Visitors are so nice, why is there so much fighting going on lately between them and the members of the 5th Column, the resistence group? 

     To discern what’s really going on here, it might be helpful to understand the players – who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?    Well, that’s easy – Anna and the “V”s are the bad guys and the members of the 5th Column are the good guys, right?   Wrong! 

     You see, ABC is clever.  They’re making it look like Anna and the “V”s are the bad guys, but trust me, that just isn’t the case.  Anna is awesome!   First of all, any alien with legs like Anna’s could never be the bad guy.  Secondly, she shows up each and every week decked out in another gorgeous dress or designer suit, complete with high heels, and wearing an absolutely delicious-looking pair of sheer pantyhose.  Clearly, she and the Visitors are the good guys here. 

     So, what’s the real reason the Visitors are here?   Simple:  Anna secretly is a good alien, sent here to heal the hurt and damage caused by an earlier visitor who really was an evil alien – one Carrie Bradshaw.    You remember her – that really terrible character who singlehandedly “ran” pantyhose out of Hollywood, and subsequently, the rest of the planet, with that awful TV series of the mid-1990s, Sex and the City.  

     Anyone who’s ever seen Sarah Jessica Parker – an evil alien visitor to Earth in real life – and that stupid TV series of hers, knows who the real bad guys in the “V” show are.

     Let’s review: Carrie/Sarah Jessica Parker = bad, evil, ugly alien; Anna = good, awesome, beautiful alien.

      Yes, I think it’s clear that Anna and the Visitors are here only to save Earth from itself.   She wants to help Earth women recapture their sense of beauty, femininity, class and grace, but to do this, she and her innocent Visitors have to win us over, while battling members of the resistance group who are intent on ruining the planet by encouraging women to wear dresses, suits, even formal gowns, with gorgeous high heels and, gasp, BARE LEGS. 

     I say let Anna and the Visitors take over the world.  I’d follow her anywhere.  We less-than-exotic Earthlings can really learn from the example she’s setting.   We should thank Anna for being the supreme example of what women should be — or at least how we should look. 

     Please do take over the world, Anna, and make us a more beautiful, glamorous people.

Pantyhose – To Wear or Not To Wear?


Robin Maryland, president of ActSensuous

     Ladies … hate pantyhose?  Refuse to wear them?  Here’s your chance to state for the record why.  Please take our poll at the bottom of this post.

     Last year, I wrote the post Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose,  in which I rebuked the few lame excuses women typically give for not wearing pantyhose today.   

     The headline was my way of poking fun at myself for mistakenly using the wrong word in that post’s attached poll: Today’s Bear Legs Culture, as obviously, I meant “bare.”  (By the way, the No. 1 answer by far was “Can’t die a horrible death soon enough,” but then, I am sure it was mostly men who voted.)  

     Still, I can’t fathom why so many women are against pantyhose.  I suspect the biggest reason is just that this “bare legs” trend created in Hollywood gives them an excuse not to wear pantyhose.  They’re jumping on the bandwagon.  Oh, I’m sure there are those who are much more militant about it, but I think if pantyhose weren’t considered “not in vogue” today, women would be wearing, as they always have.  

     I was going to write a sequel to Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose, but I decided that rather than guessing their reasons, I want to hear what they really are from real, live women today. ( Then, armed with their legitimate reasons, I’ll write Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose II, and completely tear apart their ridiculous excuses.)  

     So here it is – The ultimate pantyhose poll.  It gives any woman who wants to participate, the opportunity to vote on why she would choose to wear or to not wear pantyhose.  I’ve offered the possible reasons, but there’s also a place to write in other answers, and I would encourage women to do that if my choices don’t reflect their true and accurate reasons.  

     Please Note: For this to work, it must be handled with the utmost integrity, so puh-leeeeeease . . .  ladies only.  Guys, please do not cast a vote.  (Feel free to comment on this post, just please don’t vote on the poll.)  The idea here is to gather real usable data.  Hard evidence.  I want to know the real reasons why women shun the wearing of pantyhose today.   

     Don’t you?

What drives our Pantyhose Fetish?


Hard to believe so many women don’t know or don’t care about the power they possess in pantyhose.

Sooner or later, I had to write this post.   I had tried several times before, but during my research to find scientific facts, I grew  increasingly discouraged because there are so many conflicting reports, every subject is debatable, and most of the material focuses on the weird or disturbing aspects of behavior.

I wanted to learn where pantyhose rank on a list of the most prevalent fetishes, but I couldn’t find credible material that could be documented.  I did find one thing I expected – that the foot fetish is still No. 1, apparently, the most common.  Suffice it to say that pantyhose are high up there somewhere.

And, thankfully, pantyhose and foot fetishes seem to go hand-in-hand, or make that foot-in-hand, or foot-in-mouth, often appearing simultaneously (“dogs and cats living together …”).

According to a Wikipedia report about a pantyhose fetish, the allure has to do with the following:

  • Pantyhose remove the appearance of blemishes, making  the legs “perfect.”
  • The reflectiveness of the material, coupled with the way they appear less transparent at the edges, often gives legs more contrast and definition, as though lit by dramatic lighting.  This accentuates the curves of the legs, making them less “flat.”
  • They often have a silky texture, which is pleasing to both the wearer and her partner.
  • They do not actually hide what they cover.
  • The slipperiness and smoothness of sheer pantyhose makes women’s shoes slip off more easily.  This vulnerability often is sexually attractive and can result in women engaging in shoe dangling or shoe play, which also is appealing to shoe and foot fetishists.

Obviously, there’s more to a pantyhose fetish than this, but this is a good start.   Ultimately, I decided to just write about what I know.  To me, pantyhose always have been about three things: The way they look, the way they feel to the touch, and the very concept of them in the first place.  Maybe it’s just that they are designed to enhance the beauty of everything they cover.

AE-4 To me, there’s a profound dichotomy about pantyhose, which I find very exciting: Pantyhose possess enormous power, yet, by design, they are extremely delicate and feminine, causing an irresistible vulnerability for the wearer.

Once on, any item of clothing a person wears sort of disappears.  You stop feeling it on your body.  And even though you can touch the pantyhose on yourself, it isn’t the same as feeling them on someone else.

Want your lover to feel what you feel when you caress her legs in pantyhose?  All it takes is to move that delicate nylon fabric over her skin.    The sensation is incredible for both parties.

Now I ask you, readers:  What do you think drives our pantyhose fetish?

When Pantyhose Attack


     Anna is out of this world.  Way outta this world.

    Not sure what planet the head alien in ABC’s “V” television series is from, but we have been promised that these visitors come to Earth in peace.  Or is that “in piece,” meaning they’ve come for a piece of us humans?

     These visitors bring with them a seemingly innocent desire to share with us their medical and technological superiority.
 
     But c’mon.  What’s the catch here?  What do they want from us?  After enthusiastically watching the series last season, and then the premiere of the second season at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, I believe I have figured it all out.
 
     I think we can all agree that the “V”s are an obviously advanced civilization.  And Anna, its beautiful, classy and elegant leader, appears to be on a one-alien mission to see that women on all planets in the universe assume such power roles. 
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     Anna knows that the only way she can accomplish her goal of having women run the world is to first win over all the men on Earth.  To do that, she has to dress for success, so she routinely wears incredibly awesome designer suits, high heels and some delicious-looking sheer nude pantyhose.  Upon beholding this absolute goddess, all men on Earth instantly pledge total loyalty to Anna. They will kill or die for her.  And rightfully so.  
 
SPOILER ALERT:  Now, with control over all men, Anna turns her attention to training women in the finer art of beauty, grace and glamour, preparing them to fulfill their destiny as rulers of the world.  After all, if the charismatic leader of such vastly superior beings wouldn’t dream of going out in public without wearing pantyhose, how could mere human women?
 
    Anna definitely has the right idea here, and I for one, salute her most ambitious goal.  Females are more highly evolved creatures and clearly should be running things.   But we’ve got to start looking the part again. 
 
     Thank you, Anna, for being the shining example of what all women could be.   So ladies, if you’ve always wanted to be an alien (or just look like one) tune in to ABC at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday nights and start supporting the cause. 
 
     Unfortunately, at the end of the show, I read this disclaimer, which I’ve written word-for-word below.  This is very discouraging to me:
The characters and events depicted in this motion picture are fictional.  Any similarity to any actual person, living or dead, or to any actual events, firms, and institutions or other entities, is coincidental and unintentional.
 
Darn.  Somewhere, Sarah Jessica Parker must be smiling.

Show your Love (or not) for Pantyhose


    

Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

     OK, you people are really starting to piss me off.

     Each month, I write a Pulitzer-quality rant, thinking I am giving you clever and compelling material with which to launch your thoughts, opinions or ideas about pantyhose.  But Nooooooooooooooo!

     I’ve been writing since May and we have a whole six comments to show for it.  Oh wait, two of those were my replies to your comments.  OK, we have four comments.  Four. 

     And these literary masterpieces aren’t the work of some amateur writing from a basement in some seedy part of town. I mean these are coming from the president and co-founder of the sexiest pantyhose you can find anywhere.  Yet, even our hundreds of loyal customers from throughout the world, a captive audience if you will (they are visiting the ActSensuous Web site for a reason), won’t write a one-sentence nod or an alternate viewpoint?

     I have seen plain old blogs out there on the Internet (meaning not from a pantyhose company), where someone writes that pantyhose are too hot or too tight, and there are 30 comments that follow.  I am soooooooo jealous.

     I have to think it’s your fault.  Yes, that’s the only reasonable explanation. I keep thinking that perhaps all of you (except for those four I mentioned earlier) are unaccustomed to, or uncomfortable with, the whole blog concept.  So I’ve gone to great lengths to point out that you can remain completely anonymous. You don’t have to subscribe to anything.  Heck, you don’t even have to be an ActSensuous customer (but really, why wouldn’t you wanna be?  I mean, seriously!) to reply to one of my blogs.

     Just in case you think it’s too much trouble or you’re not sure how to comment, let me offer these instructions one more time:

     Simply click the tiny “Leave a Comment” link that appears at the end of each post, and a window will pop up for you to write in.  Your identity remains completely anonymous to the outside world.  All that appears is whatever name you use and your comment.  Only I ( as the blog administrator) see the original content, including your name and email address, so I’ll know when you post a comment.  All the reader will see is a name you choose and your comment.  You can even comment on someone else’s comment.

     So c’mon, help me out here.  Show me the love.  If you don’t have any opinion about the blog topics I’ve written, feel free to send me an idea for a pantyhose subject you’d like for me to write  about.

     Is anyone out there?  Want to be heard on the subject of pantyhose?  Pretty Please.

Credit ‘wear’ credit is due


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Lest anyone think I am too hard on Hollywood celebrities for their role in today’s “bare legs culture,” (a phrase I coined in 2001 and still have never heard anyone else say), this month’s blog topic is about the handful of today’s celebs who do wear pantyhose (often, where you would least expect it).

 The first celeb who comes to mind is Olivia Munn, co-host of the “Attack of the Show” program on G4.  I mean, c’mon, she’s young and this is a hip show.  So why is she often seen wearing pantyhose?  To me, the reason is that she has class.  It’s so cool when a young professional “gets it” and chooses to wear pantyhose on air. 

Since I’m talking about G4, which carries the show, “Ninja Warrior,” I have to mention more about the topic of my favorite subject lately, Asian women, who are more likely to be seen wearing pantyhose.  I’m still shocked that no one commented on last month’s post.  I thought the whole world (not just me) was Asian crazy, but not even any of our Asian ActSensuous customers commented on that post. 

So, here I go again.  Even during the “world’s most grueling obstacle course” that is Ninja Warrior, female contestants often wear pantyhose with their outfits or costumes.  Are you getting this? Pantyhose during the world’s toughest obstacle course! 

Beautiful Japanese women samba dancers give a brief performance to the crowd at the starting line of a Ninja Warrior contest, just before one of the members competes. Many of the contestants show up in costume, complete with pantyhose.

These female athletes and celebrities of Japan know they are likely to fall into the muddy waters beneath the course on Mt. Midoryama, yet, they have so much style  and grace (and presumably because they’re appearing on national TV), they have the class to wear pantyhose. 

And I’m not stopping there. Even many of the female audience members in the bleachers can be spotted wearing skirts, high heels and pantyhose. How many American women would you find attending an athletic contest wearing that kind of attire?  None!

OK, moving on … here’s a movie trilogy where one would not expect to find the actresses wearing pantyhose.  It’s the “Resident Evil” movies, in which star Milla Jovovich (“Mee-lah Yo-vo-vitch”) battles zombies during a post apocalyptic-style period of the world.  Pantyhose while shooting up flesh-munching zombies?  Yup. 

Milla Jovovich as Alice dispatches zombies during a scene in Resident Evil. As zombie movies go, the trilogy might be the best ever, in large part because, while Milla is beautiful and feminine, she kicks the @#$%^&* out of some zombies.

Pause some scenes (from “Resident Evil” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” on your DVR and you’ll see pantyhose worn by main character Alice and her cohorts.   In “Resident Evil: Extinction,” Alice doesn’t wear pantyhose, but a couple of the other women do. )

Jovovich also wore pantyhose throughout another movie called “.45” (as in a handgun), in which she stars as an abused girlfriend.  This world renowned model, singer and talented actress is my new hero.

Finally, I recently saw a young actress I never would have expected to be wearing pantyhose as a guest of a late-night talk show.  I take that back: I always expect certain actresses to wear pantyhose with the awesome dresses and heels they do wear on these shows (even if for no other reason than that the sets are extremely cold).  But even the classiest ones, such as Sandra Bullock and (gulp) my little Lucy Liu, have disappointed me so many times.  So I was stunned to see Anne Hathaway appearing on David Letterman wearing a beautiful dress, heels and pantyhose.  I have just become an Anne Hathaway fan.

OK, now it’s your turn.  What are your thoughts about this? Which celebrities do you find can always be counted on to wear pantyhose?

A good time to be Asian


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

That’s what I tell my best friend/employee.  She’s Vietnamese-American, and an absolute doll.

You see, Asian women today are showing up everywhere in the world on TV, TV commericals, movies, magazines.  Why? First, Asians are probably the world’s most beautiful women.  Second, it seems they are much more prolific wearers of pantyhose than Westerners and all other nationalities.

Maybe it’s just part of the Asian culture – they seem to do everything elegantly and gracefully – and they appear to be much more professional-minded in the workplace, always wearing business suits, high heels and pantyhose.  I read on the Internet that it’s considered rude in Korean culture for girls to show bare legs in public.  I think I love Korea.

So, it’s a good time to be Asian because it seems like the whole world is discovering Asia.  Not since the superhuman Bruce Lee revolutionized martial arts and introduced it to movie audiences throughout the world and brought global attention and pride to China, has there been such an explosion of Asian talent in the mainstream media of today.

I admit, I am hooked.  I can name 20 major Asian actresses off the top of my head.  I’m sure I could think of many more if I really tried, but the ones I’m counting are well known (including Lucy Liu (love her), Sandra Oh, Joan Chen, Michelle Yeoh (OMG), Maggie Cheung, Gong Li (gorgeous is not enough of a compliment), Ziyi Zhang (the most perfect woman in the world), Bai Ling (wow), Shu Qi (adorable) and Maggie Q).  Wow, all of them except Maggie Q (mostly Vietnamese) are Chinese.  OK, so there’s Devin Aoki (Japanese) who starred in “D.E.B.S.,” and Jet Li’s “War.” And, one of my faves, Uhm Jung-hwa  (Korean) who starred in “Princess Aurora” (an exciting, heartwrenching mystery/drama, which also is beautifully written and acted).

I’m trying to get our little Asian employee to model for us because she looks absolutely awesome in ActSensuous pantyhose, but she is so modest.

Quick Question: Would you like to see a gallery of pics of our lovely little Vietnamese girl modeling ActSensuous pantyhose?  If so, please leave a comment below.

We have a few Asian customers, but I’d love to have many, many more.  Please tell your Asian friends about ActSensuous.  Also, I am pleading with our Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai customers out there: Send us photos of you wearing our beautiful, sexy and decidedly feminine pantyhose.  I’d like to start an all-Asian models category of the gallery on our website.  Please honor us with your beauty and grace.

What do you think, readers?  Are you Asian crazy yet?  Please click on the comment link below this post and tell us your thoughts.  It’s completely anonymous to participate. Only the name you provide will appear along with your comment.

Calling out Professional Entertainers


Elegant and classy
Elegant and classy

Ever watch Deal or No Deal?  How about Dancing with the Stars?  I don’t know about you, but it drives me crazy when professional entertainers from those shows in particular, many other shows and all Oscars-type award shows, where celebrities are photographed on the “red carpet,” wear hundred thousand dollar gowns, gorgeous high heels, million dollar jewely — and bare legs.

To me, the issue is one of good taste, good sense and glamour.  In the photo to the left, the beautiful and classy Malaysian-American actress Michelle Yeoh wears an elegant gown, heels and sheer pantyhose during a recent awards show. 

Don’t those models on Deal or No Deal see themselves on TV later and realize they look just plain silly?

It’s my feeling that bare legs with those gorgeous dresses and heels turns what should be, and otherwise would be, a glamorous look into a casual look.  Hey I know, let’s dress Howie in a fabulous suit, but no socks!

And on Dancing with the Stars, we are talking ballroom here, people.  This aint no disco.  Hello … !   Yes, every once in a while, one or two of the pro dancers and celebrity dancers wear pantyhose, but it’s rare.

Hey, whoever outfits these dancers (pro and celebrity), you should be ashamed when members of the audience show up dressed better than your female host and the performers.  Everytime the camera pans the audience, the females who are wearing dresses or skirts always are wearing hose.  They know they might be seen on national TV and they want to look their best.  Who are the classy ones here?

What’s next, female figure skaters with bare legs?

What are your thoughts about all this?