The Wife Beater

by: HANNAH SAUCEDO

Staff Writer

 

The famous thin white tank tops famously worn by many people seem to have a name that offends many. Now what is the name? These shirts are called wife-beaters.

A search through the web shows that many kids nationwide are wearing these shirts alone or under another shirt. Even adults are wearing these shirts under their professional suits. They come in all different colors and sizes.

People who wear shirts under the age of 25 seem to have no problem with the name of these shirts. Although the cruel stereotypes behind these shirts are obvious, people still seem to have no shame while saying the name, or even wearing them.

The Oxford Dictionary explains the term wife-beater as:“1. A man who physically abuses his wife 2. Tank-style underwear shirts.  Origin: based on the stereotype that physically abusive husbands wear that particular type of shirt.” The World Book Dictionary locates the origin of the term wife-beater in the 1970s, from the stereotype of the Midwestern male wearing an undershirt while beating his wife.

These shirts are known to be popular during the 1980’s. They were worn at many different sporting events.

There has to be a better name for this popular piece of clothing. After all, this clothing item makes both men and women appear more sexy.

 

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