BRIEF(S) ENTRY |brēf ˈentrē | 1. // a dictionary entry short in time, duration, length, or extent. In this case, a word game in reference to tight-fitting underpants.
2. // a brief story about briefs -according to History of Underwear - briefs are short, tight underwear that holds the wearer's genitals in a relatively fixed position, which make them a popular underwear choice for men who are participating in athletic activities or who simply feel they need more support than 'loose-fitting underwear' can provide.
Briefs were first sold on 19th January 1935 by Coopers, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois. They dubbed the new undergarment the "Jockey" because it offered a similar degree of support as the jockstrap (one style of which is also called Jock brief or Support briefs). Thirty-thousand pairs were sold within three months of their introduction. In North America, "Jockey shorts" or "Jockeys" is often used as a generic term for men's briefs.
In Britain the term "jockeys" has not caught on, and briefs are often referred to as "Y-fronts". The term derives from the inverted Y-shape formed by the seams at the front of the underpants which allows easy access to the penis for urination, etc. The colloquialism is used even when the fly opening may differ in style, and not actually form the shape of the inverted letter "Y" fly on Cooper Jockey brand briefs.
3. // controversy Tight briefs have been blamed for negatively affecting the sperm count, as they may interfere with the cooling of the testes. However, a study in the October 1998 Journal of Urology, concluded that underwear type is unlikely to have a significant effect on male fertility.
4. // Ryan Gosling' briefs Along the years, fans of Mr Gosling had the chance to see him playing the role of a God's mortal son, a football player, a jewish nazi, a mischevious kid with desires of committing a murder and a well intentioned one who successfully committs it, a sexy carpenter, a tortured soul, a charming crack-head, a lawyer, a platonic lover, a good father, a transvestite killer, a hot guy with so much swag on his bones and the coolest stunt driver ever.
All of them impeccably portrayed; some of them in briefs. It may be hard to believe, but let's focus our attention in the latter.
HALF NELSON -2006-: Brief scene in the opening scene. You can't go wrong with that. In the movie's dvd audio commentaries, directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden talk about whose idea was wearing those briefs.
Ryan Fleck: "Ryan wanted to wear that underwear, he was very excited about that"
Anna Boden: "That's the way he is"
Ryan Fleck: "I say, go for it"
WhiteBriefs.com (a community of white briefs' admirers and tighty whities wearers) echoes how good Dan Dunne's look in his white briefs.
On the right, Dan Dunne's on his white briefs. Please click on the image to enlarge ... (ahem) how appropriate.
ALL GOOD THINGS-2010-: Viewer has the chance to see Ryan's white briefs in two scenes.
i.- Chapter 3 (22:10): After getting married, David shows Katherine the house he has purchased for them to live in. They get intimate and undress each other -that's when Marks' briefs appear- making love in the floor.
ii.- Chapter 5: (42:36) It's 1978. David Marks reads a letter where Albert Einstein Collage of Medicine lets Katherine know that she's been admitted to study. When Katherine gets home, she finds out the open envelope and sees David swimming in the lake in his underwear.
On the left, David Marks's underwear. Please click on the image to make it bigger. The picture.
5. // flashing the underwear -according to History of Underwear - In the 1990s, hip hop stars would popularize a style, known as the Sag, which allowed loosely fitting blue jeans or shorts to droop low, exposing the underwear. Men's underwear styles began to deemphasize sexuality, in favor of baggier and looser styles. This trend also became evident in swimwear, which grew longer and looser in this period as well as all other fashions which also became consciously baggier and less form fitting.
Ryan flashing the underwear: In November 2011, Ryan Gosling attended Austin's Fun Fun Fun Festival -where some scenes from Terrence Malick's movie "Flawless" were being filmed- and he was spotted wearing a pair of Royal Blue undies.
Always committed to compile the most accurate information for our readers -someone has to do the dirty work- The Lexicographers decided to take one step beyond and after studying the picture itself along with The Naughty Ladies Department, we all came to the conclusion that Mr Gosling might be either wearing Royal Blue American Apparel Baby Rib Boxer Briefs or Royal Blue American Apparel Baby Rib Briefs.
The process of identification reached delusional levels -to the point that we ended up studying the white trims' thickness and angle of the Boxer Briefs and Briefs- and our Exploration Comitee's verdict is final: Ryan is wearing Royal Blue American Apparel Baby Rib Briefs. Like no one has ever done before.
No matter what briefs he wears on his bottoms, whether comfy, sexy or hideous, it's amazing that he gets the opportunity to express himself in so many creative ways!
Blue color: According to religious symbolism, blue signifies truth and is associated with the creative power of God. In ancient Rome, blue was worn by the public servants and was seen as a powerful colour , while in ancient Egypt, blue was known to have many healing powers. It was a colour of truthfulness, honesty and spiritual powers; a symbol of eternal life, which was worn by pharaohs and gods.
Blue underwear -according to Cosmopolitan Spain- Blue underwear can compliment the skin tones wonderfully well and remains a fashionable colour during each season. The magazine points out that "flashing a bit of blue underwear that you feel great in, makes you feel a little racy!" It is uncertain if the last part of the sentence is referred to the wearer or the witnesses.
6. // work in progress: loose boxers, going commando, bare chest scenes and nudity in general ...