Men and Lingerie Stores – response to Hosiery Advocate’s blog post

This is a response to the blog post by Hosiery Advocate – Should (lingerie) stores be required to hire men?

Situation re-visited:

If a man applies to work in a lingerie store and gets declined because of his gender, is this wrong?

I called Employment Standards BC, they said “possibly” and refused to say anything else.

I called Human Rights BC, they also said “possibly”, and told me that if Eugene wants an answer, he should take this case to court or at least submit it for review.

So as you see, it’s a grey area.  However, most likely stores would suffer because some female clients would not feel comfortable shopping there.  I did a post on that before where I asked some women I knew about their comfort level.

8 thoughts on “Men and Lingerie Stores – response to Hosiery Advocate’s blog post

  1. As always you are fearless Jessica ! Sigh I guess that occupation is to be closed to me forever then….but I would rather see women in their lingerie in a more intimate one to one setting anyway

  2. Yes, that is wrong. All sexes should be allowed to work with what ever they want to. But I am sure some women might feel unsecure if there is a man working in a shop that sell lingerie.

  3. This is a subject near and dear to my heart as well as I have always wanted to sell hosiery and pantyhose – even part time. There is a store in suburban Toronto in the northwest end called The Pantyhose Shop and the owners are both men who work behind the counter and sell to everyone. I have not been there (the one attempt I got lost) but others have including guys and all said it was a great experience.

    So there is an example of men selling pantyhose and lingerie, out there.

    • Here in Vancouver there is a booth in the mall that sells pantyhose. I saw a Korean guy running it. But I suppose that’s his own business.

      One time when I was a teen my mom knew this guy who imported lingerie. He sold it to stores and at a flea market. We went once to see him and he guessed my size just by looking at me. I don’t care about this kind of stuff, but maybe some girls would feel “sized” as they say.

      • Is it not a sign that he was good at his work to be able to see your size? I like when the staff in a shop can tell the size you need. That tell me that they are professionals.

        • See, I think along the same lines. To me it shows a high degree of professionalism.

          However, I’ve heard all sorts of stories of how women react differently to this kind of stuff. Size topic is almost like age topic – some women don’t want to talk about it at all.

        • I used to insist on female only trainers at the gym. Now I prefer professionalism over gender. Well, that gender preference came to an end after I got a bimbo girl who confused weight % and volume %, thus telling me I need to lose 5 lbs.

          Look at me, I don’t have much to lose as it is. I think that actually such proposition is really bad because it means that it would move my BMI index to a dangerously low number.

          I cancelled my membership in that gym right away.

          In a gym that I used to attend a long time ago they had very good trainers, both males and females, who would walk around and just point out things to people if something wasn’t done right. That’s how a lot of them eventually ended up getting hired! People liked that someone cares enough to tell them that something isn’t done right.

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