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Gender bender

Be it bikini, French cut or thong - men discover the joy of frilly little nothings. Rahul Sabharwal on males' latest fads.

india Updated: May 16, 2008 19:34 IST
Rahul Sabharwal

As fashion becomes unisex and guys sporting nail polish and eyeliner, news on the block is that men may also be experimenting with women's underwear.

And no, it isn't about cross dressing, as much as about feeling sexy Atul 21, a freelance writer, who wore one after a game of Truth or Dare says, "It turned out to be a lot better than I expected. It takes a bit of getting used to but it has its rewards."

And these rewards are? "Let's just say it was well received, [by members of the opposite sex]."

Tarun, 22, who's doing his post-grad from DU, says, "It's one of the kinkiest things. There is a peculiar feel about it. But it works for both my girlfriend and me and adds spice to our sex life."

And for those who feel it's... er... feminine, just turn to Friends and the episode in which Joey wears women's underwear and loves it.

"You have so many more choices than you do with men's underwear!" he exclaims. "Bikini, French cut, thong! And the fabrics! You've got cotton, silk, lace!"

So do women similarly revel in the idea of men wearing women's underwear? No, says Ayesha 20, a DU student.

"Even the idea is a turn-off. Plus, it leaves little to the imagination." Many said it would give them sleepless nights, and not in a good way. A few, like Piya, 21, found it a hot new trend.

"Finally Indian men are experimenting. I'm sure everyone isn't all that enthusiastic about it but it definitely works for me."

(names changed on request)