A big deal for teenagers?

Jeni3131 - posted on 07/28/2015 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Recently buying underwear for son (13) and he asked for boxers instead of briefs, which he used to wear. About a week later I asked him if he liked the boxers and he said he did but the main reason he wanted them was because he didn't want to get teased for wearing 'tighty whities'. I found this strange, knew about the boxers vs. briefs thing before but I didn't realise there was this negativity towards briefs. I asked my eldest son (20) who has always worn briefs, if he ever experienced teasing for wearing tighty whites, and he said he only experienced a bit of light joking from friends. I never knew about this at all, maybe its because I'm an older mom but when I was in school/ college loads of guys I knew wore tighty whities and no one said anything. Are briefs now considered uncool? Is this a big deal now for teenagers? Of course kids don't want to be picked on or teased but is this something people commonly get teased for now?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/28/2015

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My sons wore briefs until their dad started wearing boxers. He was a 'commando' guy, until he started working in a shop with a shared locker room, so he started wearing undies...LOL
At any rate, 13 or so seems about the age where they change their mind on preferences. Sometimes its because 'all the guys' wear them, others is because of comfort. After a while, both of my sons said they preferred the boxers...not so constricting.

Gena - posted on 07/28/2015

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I really don't have an answer to your question. Interesting though because I never thought about this subject! My son is only 4 ,he only wears boxers since day one. We have tried the briefs but he just wont wear them. Curios to know if any other mothers know about the briefs being "uncool".

Michelle - posted on 07/29/2015

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Well I actually work in an underwear store and most guys prefer trunks (fitted boxers). It seems only the old guys (60+) that want briefs these days. I also find the kids want to be like Dad so want the trunks as well. The fabrics and fits are better with the trunks as they move with the body and also prevent chaffing between the legs during sport.
Mothers also find the trunks easier when toilet training as they keep more in.
It's like women going for more of the boyleg style instead of the Gee's that used to be popular.

Gena - posted on 07/28/2015

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Maybe young teen girls are being laughed at for wearing normal underwear and not gstrings? Are the brief boxers the ones out of cotton and sit tight? I cant understand how a man could wear those silky baggy boxers. Dont their balls hang around in them?
I also absolutely prefer comfy bra's!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/28/2015

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I'm 45. Tidy whities were pretty much the thing to get teased about from the first locker room experience on, according to my brothers. My kids are both grown now (well, one is still at home, but graduates next spring, so...grown LOL)
I've been hearing the term since the mid 70's myself ;-)

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/31/2016

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/31/2016

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Briefs are uncool. Boxer brief combo is fine. Tighty whities are considered the old man underwear. It is a big deal to HIM. Let him choose the underwear he likes, after all he is gonna be the one wearing it.

My own son has been wearing the boxer brief style since he was about 8. His choice.

Kay - posted on 08/31/2016

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I'm dealing with the same issues with my 14 year old son. I've always bought him and he has always worn white briefs, now he has been in boxers for a few weeks. I never once thought anything about switching his underwear style because I didn't know it was that big of a deal. My husband (his dad) has always worn white briefs and so that is what I bought my son too. i remember when growing up tighty whities were the normal guy underwear but I do realize that times have changed.

Jeni3131 - posted on 07/29/2015

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Definitely a change as I remember clearly when briefs were the cool thing to wear. My own daughters (27, 24 and 22) didn't try thongs until they were in their 20s, not because I objected, it just seemed to happen that way. Oldest daughter didn't like them at all and went back to granny panties (like Mom!), middle and youngest wear them along with the boycut panties, which they claim are really comfy :-)

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2015

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Both of my girls prefer "boy cut" undies. For the older one she can avoid panty-lines, for the younger, they don't creep up! Go figure. However, they are very pretty undies for sure!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/28/2015

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Well, if you look at trends, it seems that boxers and boxer briefs have been on an upswing for awhile. I think that boys tend to think of briefs as 'little boy' underwear, because commercials for hanes, fruit of the loom, etc, push boxers quite a bit. And then you have the Joe Boxer commercials...
My guys call it 'ball room'. I liken it to my bras. I prefer comfy over trendy, and really prefer none at all for comfort...LOL...but for societal propriety, I don one when heading into public.
What gets me now is that I'm seeing girls underwear that is styled after the boys briefs...and after having to borrow undies from one of my brothers a REALLY long time ago (I think I was about 8 at the time) I don't get it...boys briefs were uncomfortable for me.

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2015

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Beats me, I imagine they hold everything in place better than boxers? Wearing boxers seems like wearing shorts under your pants. Boxer briefs I get, they don't bunch up and maybe they cover you up a bit?

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2015

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I am 45 as well, but I did not have brothers, my dad never discussed his underwear with his daughters. I do recall a lot of white undergarments in the laundry that I did for the family.

Jeni3131 - posted on 07/28/2015

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That's funny because I remember when practically everyone I knew wore tighty whities or colored briefs, it never seemed like a big deal. My husband, brothers, friends all wore them, hence I got them for my sons. My eldest wore them through high school (presume he still does) which I guess is unusual now?

Jeni3131 - posted on 07/28/2015

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I'm probably being a presumptuous here but I'd guess you are younger than me :) Did you ever hear of tighty whities being considered 'uncool' maybe when you were a teen?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/28/2015

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Kind of like me...LOL...I'd rather a comfortable bra than a 'sexy' or 'trendy' one. When I was in school, however...LOL...I bowed to 'trendy' and lived with discomfort (for a bit, until I realized, hey...Nobody actually SEES my bra!)

Sarah - posted on 07/28/2015

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My kids all go to a small Catholic school wear they change out of uniforms and into PE uniforms from kindergarten thru 8th grade. In 2nd grade my son announced that only acceptable underwear would be boxer briefs, and they had to be a dark color. I suppose that is what the majority of boys wore and the desire to fit in won out over his beloved Superhero briefs! I don't think there was any teasing, but this would have been a group of 7-8 little boys, just a desire to be life the other kids.

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