Here’s the question posed by the reader:
I live in a hot, humid climate where even an office drone like me is apt to sweat through his shirt when walking from his air-conditioned car to his air-conditioned office. That’s why I find undershirts to be essential.
A discreetly colored, properly worn V-neck should be invisible under one’s shirt, but I’ve heard some people claim that the very act of wearing an undershirt is “tacky” and “uncouth.”
I try very hard to fool people into not noticing how tacky I am: Are my undershirts giving me away?
Troy compares the undershirt wearers (Brandos) with those that do not (Gables).
He goes on to explain that the Brandos can articulate all the valid reasons why one should don an undershirt, and Gables struggle to justify their non-wearing preference.
In the end, Patterson’s recommendation to the reader is to not care what others think. Keep the undershirt out of sight, and everyone else will keep the issue out of mind.
What’s surprising, is that a non-polarizing suggestion of keeping your undershirt out of sight and ignoring what others think has generated a considerable amount of comment and discussion.
In the one day since the article has been published, 256 comments have been posted, 812 facebook shares, 112 tweets, and 138 are “listening” (watching the article for more discussions).
Either Troy’s position is truly innovative, or Slate.com readers have a lot of time on their hands.
Guess I’ll go jump in on the discussion!
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