What Australians REALLY think about men who wear dresses

An online debate has revealed what Australians really think of men wearing dresses, but are they really an accurate picture of what the country thinks of men who dare to break gender barriers in fashion?

The question ‘If you’ve seen a guy in a dress, what’s your first thought?’ was asked in a Reddit post that went viral this week.

“I’m interested to see what Aussies think of men wearing dresses,” the poster asked. “Not in a ‘pee on’ way, just in a normal, everyday way.”

Most responses were positive or neutral and very few were negative.

What Aussies really think about men wearing dresses has been revealed in a surprising and hilarious online debate (pictured, Christian Wilkins on the Logies red carpet)

The question

The question “If you’ve seen a guy in a dress, what’s your first thought?” was asked in a Reddit post that went viral this week (pictured, Christian Wilkins at an Australian Christmas event in Los Angeles to benefit the Australian Wildlife Conservancy at Grandmaster Recorders)

Some were hilarious.

Survey

If you are a man, would you wear a dress?

  • Yes 91 votes
  • Nope 765 votes

“I’m 100% sure that if all men started wearing dresses, suddenly all dresses would start to have pockets.”

One of the most popular responses was, “”Oh, a man in a robe. Don’t see this every day,” and then I’d do my business.

This was echoed by several people including one who said, “Move on. We are in 2022. So whatever happens.

“I think he’s a guy who wants to be in a dress and that’s none of my business or anyone else’s!”

“Bucks night maybe, that would be my first thought,” said another.

A man posted an anecdote about driving down the high street of Mayfield in Newcastle with his dad who was ‘not the most open-minded of guys’ when they saw two trans people wearing dresses.

One was a yellow sundress and the other a “fire engine red party dress” with matching lipstick, heels and a “shiny” handbag.

“My dad’s comment was ‘want to wear red so early in the morning. Beautiful shoes”.

“That’s when I knew I could come out to my dad.”

Most responses on reddit were positive or neutral and very few were negative

Most responses on reddit were positive or neutral and very few were negative

One woman replied that in the ‘small rural town’ where she grew up, a man who regularly went to the local shops in a dress was the subject of gossip ‘but not for the reasons you think’.

She said people didn’t care about the dress. What they found shocking was that he did not shave his legs, smear his lipstick or iron his clothes.

“The consensus was that if you were striving for a fashion statement, at least make a bloody effort!”

“These are the exact same complaints they would have had about a woman wearing the same thing – they may have been right-wing hearts, but in their own way they actually demonstrated real equality,” he said. she declared.

One person suggested that if more men wore dresses then dresses would be designed with pockets (Photo Christian Wilkins)

One person suggested that if more men wore dresses then dresses would be designed with pockets (Photo Christian Wilkins)

The conclusion of the debate on Reddit could be misleading, however, if the reaction to Australia's most high-profile man in a robe, Christian Wilkins.  He was trolled after wearing a dress on the Logies red carpet (Picture Wilkins at the premiere of Thor: Love And Thunder)

The conclusion of the debate on Reddit could be misleading, however, if the reaction to Australia’s most high-profile man in a robe, Christian Wilkins. He was trolled after wearing a dress on the Logies red carpet (Picture Wilkins at the premiere of Thor: Love And Thunder)

However, although many people on Reddit react positively to men wearing dresses, Christian Wilkins says he has been relentlessly trolled for his daring outfits.

Wilkins told SBS the trolls targeted after daring to challenge gender stereotypes by sporting a backless white dress on the Logies 2022 red carpet.

‘People [were] telling me to OD, people tell me I’m a disgrace. I mean, I was very surprised to discover that the patriarchy was so fragile that it could be knocked down by a piece of white silk,” Wilkins said.

The model and actor said he was truly shocked by the volume of backlash surrounding his outfit choice and hopes it will inspire others to express their true selves.

“To be completely honest, I was really shocked at what my alleged crime was compared to the response,” he said.

‘I don’t lead the Stonewall riots [protests by members of the LGBTIQ+ community in New York in 1969], I wore a white dress at the Logies. Like, come on’.

Wilkins heard critics say his parents would be ashamed of him for the way he dresses.

“I think the reason I can go out there and do what I do and wear what I wear is because I know that’s not true and I know for a fact that I give back to my parents. very proud,” he said. .

“When I was a kid, I always kind of loved all things pink and sparkly… I was never necessarily encouraged to wear dresses. But my parents said if I wanted to, they would absolutely allow me.