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Good, wearing a skirt should not "turn you into a girl"
Bad, it is appropriation of female traditions
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I know a man (cis and straight, he never had any doubts about his gender and orientation) that owns several skirts. He often wears them around the house - because it's comfy and stylish, not because of some weird fetish. The skirts were sewn to his measure from a fabric he chose.

He now plans to start wearing them outside the house, i.e in public. Is it a good thing from a feminist point of view in your opinion?

I know a man (cis and straight, he never had any doubts about his gender and orientation) that owns several skirts. He often wears them around the house - because it's comfy and stylish, not because of some weird fetish. The skirts were sewn to his measure from a fabric he chose. He now plans to start wearing them outside the house, i.e in public. Is it a good thing from a feminist point of view in your opinion?

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As others have said, there is no “cis”. Using that implies “trans” is real.

I used to be all for it. Now? I would look with extreme mistrust at any man doing it, whether he claimed to be a woman or not, because the odds are he’s doing it for a fetish, not just because it’s comfortable/he likes the look/any other innocuous reason.

Same. The concept is good and I am favourable in theory, but lately it seems like no man actually wears skirts just because that piece of clothing is something they like in the same way I might like a hat or a couple of gloves, they all have further motives, that can go from gender identity, to be praised for their "braveness" in being GNC, to fetish. And if it' s a fetish, I don' t want to participate.

Exactly. Man in a kilt - fine. Love Scots kilts. Man in a dress (especially since dresses are not made to fit men) no, forget it, it sets off alarm bells. It’s all very well to say clothing isn’t gendered. That’s the ideal, it shouldn’t be, but in our society (and probably most if not all societies through history) it does carry messages about your sex and about sex roles, like it or not - and when men wear women’s clothing it usually says something very nasty about their sexual fantasies, and definitely about their attitude to women.

Edit for typo.

Maybe I should ask him again about his motivation in going public with this.

Initially he justified it because there is no AC in the house, and a skirt is the most comfortable option in summer.

I don' t know your friend, maybe he really only does it because it' s more comfortable, I am sure some men like that actually exist.

I am just making a generic statement: I would be suspicious if I met a guy in a skirt tomorrow, but maybe he could have decent reasons for doing it. I would just be very careful.

My grandpa said he wishes he could wear skirts in the summer lol so your friend isn't the only straight dude on earth who feels that way 😆

More comfortable than shorts? I have worn very lightweight long skirts in summer for decades and one thing they are not, is cooler for sitting around at home. (I wear them to go outside, because I burn easily.)

We can define “cis” as “doesn’t pretend they are not their sex”

We can, but I’m not willing to use the “trans” cult’s nonsense term. As I said, it implies “trans” is real.