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Women already have push-up bras and corsets, but besides the old-fashioned girdle, what recourse do men have when it comes to reining in any unruly flesh? Well, thanks to a British company known as Funkybod, now men of all shapes and sizes can stride confidently through the public sphere, chests out and heads held high - apparently. The company has manufactured a garment, the funkybod muscle enhancing undershirt, capable of harnessing any unwanted flab and moulding it into something approximating the ideal male physique. A push-up bra for men then, in effect. According to the company's website, the undershirt is made of "materials which allow the skin to breathe whilst maintaining a snug fit and natural looking enhancement when worn under clothing.”
"Our muscle enhancing top is a high quality garment to accentuate the Pectorals, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. This gives the effect of an improved posture with a natural looking balance all-round. Worn as a normal undershirt garment, the Funkybod top is a great confidence booster for men in the same way a padded bra works for women. Available in Black, White and Grey.”
While some will welcome the advent of such a body-shaping technology, others may feel that the garment will further reinforce the notion that some bodies are better than others. For years, women have encountered a range of products which, by offering to make them more appealing, are strongly suggestive of their own 'imperfection.' And as Alyssa Royse, writing on the goodmenproject.com points out, the shortcoming of body-sculpting garments becomes painfully obvious when it comes to physical intimacy with a new partner; as the layers are stripped away and the realities emerge like rubbery innards protruding from a punctured football.
"I’ve never owned a push-up bra, or worn much make-up, because the last thing in the world I want is to meet a guy, get frisky, and see that look of horror on his face when he realizes he’s been sold a package that isn’t quite as advertised," she writes.
What do you reckon? Would you, or you partner consider wearing the ‘muscle enhancing’ undershirt?
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