posted on Jan, 3 2012 @ 12:17 PM
The hottest season of summer is dawning in South Africa, and people are enjoying outdoor beer-gardens, while clothing is more minimal than usual, for
both men and women.
Today I went to a pub with an outdoor beer-garden.
Most men are now wearing shirts, shorts and sandals.
However the first thing I noticed, even from the parking lot, was a man without his shirt.
I know it's not taboo, and there are men of all colors, shapes and sizes jogging shirtless, or mowing the lawn, or washing their cars on their own
Heck, I wear a vest at home.
But, on the other hand it was a public place, and not a beach.
It does become a visual focus.
The guy was as red as a lobster, and reasonably fit and slim.
It was a table of men and boys, and I assumed it was probably some uncle visiting from elsewhere, who didn't care how he looked to people here (we
get a lot of inland people visiting their families along the coast around Christmas).
However, next they were joined by another man, who was quite paunchy, and as he sat down he also took his shirt off!
There he sat, white as a sheet, with hairy man-boobs!
Sitting in the beer-garden, we often see especially men's wardrobe malfunctions.
Some "bigger" guys sit there and their butt-cleavage shows, to the point where everybody stares, and some ladies remove themselves from the
unintended mooning with a blush.
I know that butt-cleavage was a fashion at one point, but good heavens, if you don't wear underpants, at least get a belt!
Anyway, is it OK for all guys to flaunt their topless chests and bellies?
Should a waitron or manager intervene?
Don't men sometimes feel ashamed to flaunt themselves like that?
Perhaps going shirtless in hot weather is a birthright of the male sex, and all men should do so proudly.
Should there be limits - what does culture, religion, the law, and common sense tell us on shirtless men?