Feminism Gender Fashion Gay liberation. Just as the gay male represents just one aspect of the GLBTIQ community, so too does the mainstreaming of short shorts represent only a small aspect of changes in attitudes. Caricatures of gay people have involved shorty shorts for as long as I can remember. Still, if putting on a mini was understood to be a political decision, why not celebrate this new trend? Since the second world war, when shorts were uniform for soldiers serving in tropical locations, shorts worn by adult men have become quite normal, especially in summer weather. Women no longer needed to follow the dress protocols determined by morality and etiquette — which most saw as a patriarchal double standard. Reuse this content.
Hannah Mitchell — Oxford, Oxfordshire.
Still, if putting on a mini was understood to be a political decision, why not celebrate this new trend? Reuse this content. Almost all of them have insisted that below-the-knee shorts for men are outdated.
Philip Green at his flagship Topshop store in New York.