DSC Debates: Should Dudes Wear Shorts? Yay, or Nay?


Americans have a long history of hating on men in shorts—so much so that in 1959 New York residents older than 16 could spend 25 days in jail for wearing them. And while the actual police won’t bother a man in shorts nowadays, the fashion police just might.

But that still begs the question: Why the strong sentiment against men showing off their calves? We asked our colleagues at DSC how they felt about all that exposed leg. Let the battle begin!

Team Pro-Shorts:

Matt R.: “I literally wear shorts everyday. They’re comfy as hell. Jeans—or any pants other than sweat pants for that matter—are way too restrictive to be wearing on a daily basis. I’ll stick to feeling free and alive in my shorts.”

Stacey G.: “I’m all for shorts if it’s seasonally appropriate and there’s a casual outing being had. The only person who can get away with wearing jorts at a party where everyone else is wearing a suit is Kevin Smith—but he’d best be explaining why the most recent Jay and Silent Bob movies weren’t any good.”

Steve A.: “A dude in shorts is cool in my book. In fact, I push for wearing American flag shorts for every patriotic event. It just feels like the right thing to do—you know, taking advantage of your freedom to wear shorts.”

Shasta B.: “Guys can wear shorts, but there are very specific rules they need to follow. The shorts should ride no higher than the top of the knee and no lower than the middle of the knee—calves are cool, thighs are not. They also shouldn’t be too baggy—I’m looking at you, cargo shorts—or too skinny. I don’t want to see your junk.”

Erin T.: “I respect any guy who wears shortly solely because they’re fighting against the stigma that says they shouldn’t. No one should feel like they can’t wear shorts—this is America!”

Team Anti-Shorts:

Alex J.: “Honestly, I don’t think anyone wants to see a man’s thick, hairy legs. Whenever I wear shorts, I always get the impression that I look like this guy. That’s not a good thing.”

Bobby D.: “I can respect wearing shorts athletically, but when the sun sets, it’s time to put some pants on. It’s plain classier. Unless, of course, you’re Russell Westbrook—then all bets are off, and you can wear shorts to any occasion.”

Jackie R.: “A lot of guys can’t seem to figure out that they better be wearing supportive underwear if they’re going to walk around in athletic shorts. You have more to hide down there than us girls do.”

Rocky P.: “I don’t mean to be judgmental, but jorts are an abomination, and I don’t see any other kind of shorts worth wearing. Please take a gander at this image of Floyd Mayweather wearing jorts for my reasoning. Case in point.”

Carlos N.: “Generally speaking, guys don’t have the legs for shorts. (1) Our legs are pasty because we usually wear pants, and (2) most of us have chicken legs because we’re top heavy. Face the facts, guys.”

Now that our DSC employees have fought it out, it’s your turn. What side of the debate do you land on? Tell us in the comments below.