Men-Wearing-Skirts Rant

If you want my superficiality to be the driving force behind my future album purchases, KPOP, you need to change up your game.


This is a Men-Wearing-Skirts Rant.


When I first entered the realm of KPOP, I had a vague understanding that the predominant feature of most males in the industry was their femininity. Their “prettiness.” Their 꽃미남 je ne sais quois.  I was totally okay with that; being 14, most boys my age looked more like girls anyway.

My parents, however, questioned my peculiar taste in men.

Is that boy wearing makeup?  Is that even male?  Does that boy know how to boy?


I understand their confusion. With infamous gender benders such as Nu’est’s Ren and SHINee’s Taemin, any untrained eye would question their preconceived notions of gender.  Even KPOP fans find themselves second-guessing the supposed sex of their beloved idols.

I forgot how to boy.

I forgot how to boy~

And with cross-dressing, fan service and guyliner, the men of KPOP are not doing much to further the case of their masculinity.

Google guyliner, for instance.

kpop and guyliner

The first related search-term is, no surprise, KPOP, followed by a drugged-up Zac Efron and very angry Russell Brand.

Russell Brand is not pleased.

Russell Brand is not pleased.

Honestly I have no qualms about the lack of masculinity in KPOP.  Besides the fact that I find fan service to be demeaning and unnecessary, I am surprisingly fine with the blurred gender lines.

I am not, however, fine with men wearing skirts.


Yes, I am all for gender equality.  Yes, I completely support self expression.  Artistic exploration, defining your individuality, freeing your balls, whatever.  Wear a skirt then.  However, you cannot force me to enjoy your foray into the artistic side of your soul where Madonna is your under-appreciated muse. I am a black-jeans-white-belt-v-neck sort of gal, and no outfit will ever turn me on more than that boy-next-door look.

Unfortunately, KPOP is the sort of place where attraction directly correlate with album sales. Your skirt, dear sir, is not attractive, and I no doubt that this will affect your album sales (given the superficiality upon which KPOP and its albums are often built).

I am not asking you to change your ways.  The fashion world is asking you to change your ways.  Don’t hate on the messenger.

Hate on the stylist.




3 thoughts on “Men-Wearing-Skirts Rant

  1. mool1993

    I actually find it super attractive when a man wears a skirt well. I fucking love it when kpop idols wear skirts. My qualm about it is that it’s probably not a choice, it’s probably one of those random choices the stylists make. So I don’t think they have to worry about losing album sales for not being attractive, because some girls do find it attractive. And it is becoming fashionable. Korean fashion icon GD has worn skirts out and about through town. So I don’t think the skirt wearing trend is going to receive backlash from the high fashion community. I totally understand your preference for the boy next door look though. Everyone has different preferences. XD Though… I’ve never met a girl other than me who enjoys men in skirts… hm…

    1. mediocreninja Post author

      I guess I’m just used to enjoying a majority of Kpop fashion trends, but I cannot bring myself to like skirts on guys. >_< I just absolutely love how a guy's legs look in jeans, and skirts ruin that for me. Same with shorts (can't stand them). I feel like most guys wouldn't wear skirts willingly (expect GD) which makes them seem a bit awkward at times on stage. If they chose to wear skirts I'd be okay with it, but its the fact they're often forced to wear skirts (and awkward outfits in general) that makes me a bit frustrated.

      1. mool1993

        I would definitely agree that some of the kpop fashion choices are whack! I definitely wish the idols had more say in their look (and lives in general.) But i love a guy in well fitted jeans, shorts, or skirts. Just let me see dem legs! XD


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