I wore short shorts…and I still do. As a child of the 80s it was the style. It was normal. It was NOT gay.
Short shorts were the uniform of the summer for everyone. We were all cool and comfortable out riding our bicycles and skateboarding our time away. Check your old photos. I know you had some.
Kids these days have no idea. So when did it change? It was in the early ’90s when Michael Jordan actually started the long shorts fad by being the first to wear “longs” to cover up his lucky North Carolina shorts. The style caught on for some reason now short shorts are dead.
The funny thing about this whole situation is that as fads become ingrained in society, people start making up reasons why the older style is wrong. Examples include: Funny looking, Gay, Ugly, Gross. None of these things are actually true. They only look funny, gay, ugly, or gross because you are used to the current standard. Men’s and boy’s legs are not gross by any means. If anything, it’s the women’s clumpy cellulite legs that are ugly.
Fads change over time. Even though this has been a very long fad I have hope that it will eventually end. You already see middle-aged men who, like me, refuse to wear longs. Even some younger boys are bucking the fad and experiencing comfort in the face of adversity.
Here, in Texas, where highs easily reach 100 degrees every day during the summer, wearing longs is very uncomfortable. I don’t even own shorts that go past my knees because I might as well wear jeans. I will NEVER give up short shorts. One day they will once again just be “shorts”.
Contact your favorite stores and tell them that you want to be able to buy shorter shorts. It’s all about supply and demand. You have to tell them what you want. Together we can make this world a better place.
Please comment. I would like to hear what you have to say.