It was a particular form of masculinity and male expression that Eldridge Cleaver believed had been suppressed through conventional male clothing and through the design of a new style of trousers wanted to ‘free up’. He said, ‘We’ve been castrated in clothing. My pants open up new vistas. I’m against penis binding. Men wear their penis either down the right pants leg or the left […] strapped to the leg.’
Founded in 1929 by radiologist Alfred Jordan, along with a collection of eugenicists, the Men’s Dress Reform Group was formed with the intention of furthering the human race through men’s dress and correcting its various physical and social constraints by addressing the health concerns of highly tailored and un-washable men’s dress of the time, as well as outlining aesthetic reform, that attempted to further the beauty of men.