Some readers of this blog may be getting a bit tired of the group selection debate, which can get rather abstruse. So let’s shift gears on this holiday, when Americans celebrate their national independence, and consider a lighter topic.
Why do we wear pants? More specifically, why are trousers (breeches, jeans, slacks, pantaloons) a standard item of clothing worn by men in Western societies? Why shouldn’t it be a kilt, a robe, a chiton, or a toga? Clearly, I have my own answer, but I first want to hear what others think. Please write your suggestions as comments on the blog, or send them to me by e-mail. I will compile your answers and include them in the blog that I am writing on cultural evolution of pants, and post it in a day or two.