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Women, Pants, and the Backlash

Margaret Perry's review of Women in Pants provides an interesting overview of those women (in the Western world) who chose to wore pants in the 19th and early 20th centuries when the standard gender norm dictated dresses for girls and women. R.S. Fleming has a great collection of Victorian women-in-pants images, particularly in non-American military garb. See also: Welsh pit miners, women fighting in the US Civil War (and support-staff), this cattle thief/gunfighter, some cowgirls, and Dr. Mary Walker - here she is in more traditionally masculine dress (second picture). In France, the artist Rosa Bonheur had to get permission from the police to wear pants (picture) while sketching in public (her license), while adventurer/archaeologist Jane Dieulafoy got a lifetime exemption to wear pants from France. [more inside]
posted by julen on Jul 9, 2014 - 25 comments

look, Mum - no hands!

"YouTube user Now 夠了沒 has broadcast a genius method of putting on pants.
It is one that forgoes the often irritating and time-consuming use of hands.
No doubt this is why the internet was invented."
(Buzzfeed link - includes animated .gifs & embedded video; soundtrack: "The Final Countdown") [more inside]
posted by flex on Jul 6, 2014 - 23 comments

Pants and Trousers, Breeches and Pantaloons, Jodhpurs and Slacks, Oh My!

With the recent discovery of the world's oldest known trousers in China, it may be time to look at the history of that two legged garment invented in response to a specific need: to make travel by horseback far more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by julen on Jul 3, 2014 - 15 comments

Drum pants

The world's 1st wearable and fully customizable on-the-go musical instrument.
posted by josher71 on Jan 17, 2014 - 48 comments

What are the forces that prevent you from doing so?

Is there a man (or woman) among us with pluck enough to wear Big Bill Haywood's workingman's pants? [more inside]
posted by notyou on Sep 3, 2012 - 23 comments

Foul Bachelor Goons

Something Awful Goons share stories and thoughts on the bachelor life
posted by The Whelk on Aug 24, 2012 - 332 comments

Going out to battle for freedom and truth

Look at my fucking red trousers! "A collection of photographs in celebration of the vibrant and burgeoning red-trousered communities of London and elsewhere."
posted by Abiezer on Nov 14, 2011 - 89 comments

What about the invisible jet?

Wonder Woman has had many costumes over the years, but starting today her outfit will be a little more ... practical.
posted by thecjm on Jun 29, 2010 - 181 comments

no pants, no problems

Welcome to Friday afternoon. Time to stand up, drop trou, and air out your junk. [more inside]
posted by hat on Jun 25, 2010 - 29 comments

Olympic Pants Wars

At first, it seemed the Azeris would win the Olympic Pants War handily, but then Norway, with its argyle advantage (in crazy and crazier varieties), seemed to have taken the lead. Now, US snowboard cross racer Nate Holland (competing, of course, in this wonderful outfit) is stepping in to set the pants rules for his own sport. But in the end, no matter what country they're competing for, it's the figure skaters who have won. As history has shown us, they always have the best pants of them all.
posted by ocherdraco on Feb 19, 2010 - 73 comments

Take off your pants!

Try not to notice the other pantsless people, unless someone points them out to you. If asked, pretend you have no idea why everyone else has no pants.
posted by ohyouknow on Jan 10, 2010 - 51 comments

Son of a Nigerian banker caught with pants on fire leads to suspicion of Nigerians with trouser related problems

This last Christmas Day Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23 year old son of a prominent Nigerian banker attempted to bring down a trans-Atlantic Northwest Airlines flight with an explosive mixture containing PETN, a popular addition to amateur explosives. Then this Sunday a young Nigerian gentleman in intestinal distress caused caused the crew of his flight to alert authorities who detained and quickly released him.
posted by Blasdelb on Dec 28, 2009 - 312 comments

Fashion backward

You'll have all eyes on you with Winkers! (SLYT)
posted by ssmith on Aug 21, 2009 - 51 comments

It's not acceptable in the 00s

Twitter documents the breakdown of Calvin Harris, British electropop musician due to critical reviews. [more inside]
posted by ashaw on Aug 14, 2009 - 93 comments

LA's Got Talent

Hammer Pants mob invades a retail clothing store. SLYT
posted by exogenous on Jun 5, 2009 - 84 comments

PANTS! (not including fish)

"We all put our pants on one leg at a time." Well, not these guys.
posted by desjardins on Feb 22, 2009 - 30 comments

I don't know how to plug butt.

Don't Shit Your Pants: A survival horror game
posted by tehloki on Feb 22, 2009 - 48 comments

Pants Optional

Pants Optional - A Relatively Civilized Fashion Primer for the Well-Clad. [Via]
posted by homunculus on Jan 22, 2009 - 14 comments

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will

Right Again. The passions of John Stuart Mill (previously).
posted by homunculus on Oct 1, 2008 - 18 comments

Tights Are Not Pants

Tights Are Not Pants. It's time to stop the madness.
posted by Pater Aletheias on May 31, 2008 - 109 comments

Should we have a meet up?

When is the 7th Annual No Pants! Subway Ride? This Saturday, January 12th, New York City. They seem to have done it in 2006 as well. Village Voice article on 2006's shenanigans.
posted by shothotbot on Jan 9, 2008 - 42 comments

Land of the free

Land of the free. So long as you don't wear unapproved pants. The racist angle kind of surprised me; I would think people would be outraged on the basic principle alone.
posted by Bovine Love on Sep 17, 2007 - 88 comments

That's quite a hi-hat you have there

"DrumPants are a set of pants that enable the wearer to produce drum sounds by hitting various parts of the pants with his hands. The wearer thusly becomes a cyborg musician, his body assuming the roles of both player and instrument, allowing for spontaneous electric hambone solos or even collaborations with other musicians in a band setting."
posted by mr_crash_davis on Sep 7, 2007 - 46 comments

No Pay for Lost Pants

A very big day for the District of Columbia Superior Court. In Pearson v. Soo Chung (pdf of opinion), Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled that Custom Cleaners is not liable to Roy L. Pearson for "various calculations of damages that go as high as $67 million" over "a pair of allegedly missing pants." The other shoe is yet to drop. Judge Bartnoff ruled that Pearson must pay the defendants' court costs and will consider forcing Pearson to pay the defendants' attorneys' fees. ( previously.)
posted by Slap Factory on Jun 25, 2007 - 55 comments

A story of one man's search for the meaning of mortality and a nice pair of pants, maybe with pleats.

Possibly the greatest comic-book ever written about a dead man wandering through Hell in search of his pants, Stig's Inferno is available online! Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
posted by lekvar on May 10, 2007 - 17 comments

Aww, pants!

Meet Roy L. Pearson, Jr.. He's suing a small mom-and-pop dry cleaning business for damages regarding the loss of his prized pantaloons. Nice trousers, to be sure, but are they worth $67 million? Apparently, Mr. Pearson has a history of litigious lunacy (txt file). For more on frivolous lawsuits, check out these articles written by America's sweetheart Seanbaby!
posted by aftermarketradio on May 2, 2007 - 30 comments

A Third Way for the Anglicans?

Is Catholic-Anglican Reconciliation the only way forward? The Anglicans aren't Protestant, they're Catholics! In 1920 the Church of England - Anglicans - called for its reconciliation with the Catholic Church, and in 1925 the Catholic Ecumenical movement sought to make the Anglicans an autonomous Catholic church with the Archbishop of Canterbury as its patriarch. It would have been similar to the Coptic and Syro-Malabarese churches. The move was quashed by Pope Pius XI, who ended the ecumenical movement there and then. If conservative Anglicans chose this third way, instead of infighting over sexuality and gender issues or establishing a new model for membership, it could keep its married priests, its land, its churches, it's membership, and the Archbishop of Canterbury would still have a job.
posted by parmanparman on Jul 7, 2006 - 27 comments

PANTALONES!

NO PANTS DAY! And Cinco De Mayo! Muchos muchos grande pantusos?
posted by XQUZYPHYR on May 5, 2006 - 28 comments

Yer drawls are showin!

"This is the police, pull 'em up!" Perhaps feeling pressure from Louisiana to keep pace in the stupid laws arms race, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 60-34 on Tuesday to impose a $50 fine on anyone found wearing pants low enough that a substantial portion of undergarments is showing. The bill (still pending in the Virginia Senate), introduced by Virginia Beach fashion maven Algie Howell, has attracted international attention and charges of racism.
posted by casu marzu on Feb 10, 2005 - 42 comments

Just say no to Crack

Staking out the high moral ground, a bill would punish those wearing low-riding jeans. It seems that Representative Derrick D. T. Shepherd of Louisiana, a Democrat no less, wants to outlaw low slung pants. Plumbers beware, and stock up on Butt-Crack Caulk! Really, don't they have anything better to legislate besides fashion or holidays?
posted by Eekacat on Apr 23, 2004 - 45 comments

FanPants(TM)

FanPants To provide padding in the form of an oversized buttocks positioned in the seat of the pants. Talk about over-serving your target market... yeesh. [SFW - some flash - via Milk and Cookies]
posted by scarabic on Apr 15, 2004 - 3 comments

Feels Good All Over

My other favorite blue and yellow web site. Yay! Mister Pants really is back one year later, just like he said he would be.
posted by badstone on Jan 9, 2004 - 6 comments

Little robots in your pants

Little robots in your pants -- Popular Science calls Dockers to investigate their claim that the stain-repellent "Go Khakis" use nanotechnology. Certainly my favorite headline of the day thus far.
posted by logovisual on Jul 18, 2003 - 16 comments

PLEASE, LISTEN TO THE SEED'S CRYING CAUSED BY PAINFUL THERMAL SHOCK!

Finally! Sauna Pants! Please, won't you think of the spermatozoa for the children? via Portal of Evil
posted by WolfDaddy on Jul 3, 2003 - 7 comments

swaziland

Pants Are Evil -- at least for the ladies; so says the King of Swaziland. The absolute monarch of this small African nation says the Bible prohibits women from wearing pants, and also that individual human rights are an "abomination." Before you laugh in disbelief (like I did), learn more on Swazi political and religious beliefs inside... (via kottke).
posted by serafinapekkala on Jun 3, 2003 - 33 comments

I guess that is a gun in your pants

I guess that is a gun in your pants and you're not glad to see me...
posted by mathowie on Oct 5, 1999 - 1 comment

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