By David Abel
Globe Staff / July 21, 2008
Dean Peterson has heard the snickering….
But the 6-foot-tall, 250-pound mail carrier from Lacey, Wash., doesn’t worry about anyone questioning his virility, or ogling his bare knees. He just wants to feel as free as a woman wearing a skirt….
Peterson is on a one-man mission to persuade his colleagues to approve a change in their strictly regulated uniforms. He has proposed a resolution to allow mailmen to wear kilts, which he calls a Male Unbifurcated Garment, or MUG….
"MUGs are worn all over the world, and have been for thousands of years because they are comfortable," he wrote to fellow mailmen. "Unbifurcated Garments are far more comfortable and suitable to male anatomy than trousers or shorts, because they don’t confine the legs or cramp the male genitals the way that trousers or shorts do."… Women [mail carriers] can wear skirts….
[Paul Lunde has occasionally worn a MUG at work.] Some of Lunde’s co-workers have accused him of cross-dressing. … "They’re mostly ribbing me, but occasionally there are people who appear to be offended," said Lunde, 38, who has delivered mail in Salem, Ore., for nine years. "I say, ‘Show me a picture of Jesus in slacks, and I’ll consider it.’ "…
HT to Pam’s House Blend.