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84% of women don’t want to see men's nipples at office: survey


With summer fast approaching and people shedding layers to stay cool, every businessman faces a decision of vast importance: what type of undershirt to wear beneath your white button-up.

Men, if you’ve never given this any thought before, consider this fair warning: A Nikka Spa! survey of 100 female office workers confirms that your choice of undershirt could have grave and far-reaching consequences and the wrong choice might even get you accused of sexual harassment.

The survey tasked women with ranking the “filthy old man-ness” of three undershirt choices:

-- A sleeveless athletic shirt -- An old T-shirt with a faintly visible design -- No undershirt at all

It comes as no surprise that 84% of women surveyed said that the third option, no undershirt at all, was by far the grossest option.

“A lot of dirty old men like to go with no undershirt in the summer. I can see your nipples right through your button-up. I basically consider it sexual harassment,” said a 25-year-old respondent.

Another, 24 years old, echoed the sentiment, saying, “It doesn’t matter how good looking you are, or how nice your body is; If I can see your nips through your shirt, you are a gross old man.”

Unfortunately, all three options largely elicited negative opinions from survey respondents: 73% said the muscle shirt option is pretty gross, and approximately half thought even the seemingly foolproof T-shirt was no good.

Our advice? Ditch all your white button-ups and go black to avoid any “wardrobe malfunctions,” or take the Japanese college student approach: when in doubt, just wear exactly the same thing as everyone else.

Source and photos: Nikkan Spa!

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Whereas 84% of men do want to see..............

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I can't say that I've noticed the nipples of "dirty old men" ... Is this really a big issue?

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84%? Lets try 100%.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

So this means 16% of women want to see them!

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Repulsive sights? Old men's nipples? Some of the younger men where I work wear suit trousers so tight you can almost tell what religion they are.

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I don't want to see men's nipples either. Still, a lot of the women here are just plain silly. Sexual harassment? Can I say the same when you come in with a kilo of makeup on your face?

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I bet 84 % of men would've say that about young women at the office.

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Those women who consider the outline of nipples to be sexual harassment are immature, and have no common sense. It's an embarrassment.

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Whether old or younger how about wearing a singlet to hide the nipples? Or even those gel "nipple concealers" that some women wear. I use them & they're really effective!

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When the temperature goes above 28 degrees in my office, I just take off my short sleeve shirt and wear the sleeveless shirt. If anyone complains, I just give them one of my looks and get back to work.

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There is much I love about Japan. But one thing I can never understand is why salarymen feel the need to wear two or even three piece suits, long sleeved shirts, neckties, shoes and socks when the humidity is up around 80% and the outside temperature is 35 degrees or more.

Whether their "nips" are showing or not is not the point. They really need to dress more appropriately for the weather conditions. A T-shirt can look smart if it's a good one. It doesn't have to have some incomprehensible Japanglish sprawled all over it.

In Okinawa many office workers wear Kariyushi (looks like Aloha). And the traditional footwear for Japan is geta. These may not be practical, but sandals rather than lace up shoes is a much better idea.

Saves a lot on the bills for athlete's foot medication too!

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That's not even a question of underwear, if your shirt is so transparent, change of shirt. It's valid for both genders. Keep the see-though clothes for private.

Is this really a big issue?

Maybe in Tokyo. In Osaka, we're still struggling to get them to wear shirts, pants, socks, even shoes... If there were no dress code, I think the ossans would go to the office like they go to the kombini.

I basically consider it sexual harassment,”

Visual harassment... few are remotely sexy.

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Umm. No. I won't be wearing an undershirt. The idea of bathing in my own sweat is frankly disgusting. If people don't like seeing my nipples then I'll do them a deal. They turn the air conditioning down to about 18 degrees and I'll wear a jacket or an undershirt (they can choose). Until then, get lost.

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The day you start dressing up to satisfy women is the day you've officially hit loser mode. I'll dress the way I like, respecting the law and minimum social norms.

Ladies, you don't like it? You can suck on my man nipples.

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It comes as no surprise that 84% of women surveyed said that the third option, no undershirt at all, was by far the grossest option.

In other news, 93.5% of statistics are made up and worth ignoring.

Refuse flat out to wear an "undershirt" unless it's cold. Plain silly to wear one in Summer - but if you feel the need, don't let me stop you.

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Don't worry ladies you can't see my nipples because of my full body hair. Loud and proud!

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Frungy I wear an undershirt all year round, and wouldnt go back to wearing just a half-mm thick work shirt on even the hottest summer day. It may seem strange, but adding a sweat wicking undershirt will end up being cooler than just the work shirt in almost any situation. When you just wear a work shirt, the second the first drop of sweat forms, it makes your shirt stick to your skin, and looks incredibly ugly.

Anyway, the survey itself missed out on the most commonly used (in my office at least) undershirt: The v-necked light material white t-shirt. The business undershirt sold everywhere...

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What afanofjapan said.

@a sweat wicking undershirt will end up being cooler than just the work shirt in almost any situation.

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When the temperature goes above 28 degrees in my office, I just take off my short sleeve shirt and wear the sleeveless shirt. If anyone complains, I just give them one of my looks and get back to work.

Powerfull stuff! What sort of look would that be?

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Costco botton-down Oxford short-sleeve shirt does the trick.

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I didn't even realise mine were noticeable under my shirt until a student pointed it out and the other kids in the class started giggling...Got some darker shirts and always threw on the undershirt if I wore white after that! As for the office, I'm sorry but if someone told me my nipples were offensive, I'd probably throw back a comment about their breath- I don't miss that about Japan!

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Afanofjapan & taj - Except that undershirts are unhygenic. Essentially you're wearing a towel under your clothes to soak up sweat... and then not removing the towel for the whole day. Expect rashes, fungal infections, ingrown hairs and other health complications. ... all to please some women who are so insecure that they can't handle seeing some bumps under my shirt? What's next, me wearing a box to conceal the bulge in my pants?

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On the contrary, it's so obvious that no survey will ever be performed on what men would want, given that those are not that flat.

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Or here is another option: offer the women the choice of "ordiary plain white or grey v necked cotton t-shirt" as an option. Then you may not ellicit the shrieky "euuuwww! Gross!" type responses and not have to end your article with a petulant "we advise men to wear nothing but black shirts" which, in all honesty, makes you come across as a bit of a twit.

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Humans: "Why did you adorn men with nipples in the first place, God?"

God, with that all-knowing smile: "So that wives could say, 'Around the house, he's as useless as his nipples!'"

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If you're not going to like it if I wear something else to cover up my nipples, then I have no incentive to wear anything under my white shirt. You can't complain about my nipples and not be satisfied if I solve that problem with an undershirt. If that's not good enough, you get the nipples so at least one of us will be happy.

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This is why I wear waffle cones under my business shirt. Well, it's one reason, anyway.

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The day that men can start telling women what to wear again, is the day this article will hold any credibility whatsoever.

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Men go without tops at the beach, nobody finds their nipples sexy and the statement about sexual harrassment just goes to show how far down the toilet this whole sexual harasssment thing has gone.

If a man complained about a women's nipples showing at work he'd be on the mat both for the sin of noticing in the first place and then DARING to mention it to anyone!

Foolishness, pure and simple.

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Frungy, I take it you dont wear underpants or boxer shorts either? Since the same idea as an undershirt. And in fact, when you are talking about keeping clothes that have absorbed some of your sweat close to your body, you could bring the argument that ANY clothes are unhygenic.

Dont let those office ladies tell you how you need to wear clothes to work! Work free and naked! haha (Puts a new meaning to the saying "balls to the wall" when you are talking about being busy!)

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