I don’t know who the first superhero to go into battle wearing a skirt is (I suspect it’s Mary Marvel, circa 1942), but I am 100% that, immediately afterward, somebody made a joke about underpants.  It’s a common refrain, especially given the shortness of modern uniforms (like Michael Turner’s Supergirl, whose skirt was actually more of a belt), but one that I’ve never really understood the point of.  The use of skirts in certain Super Sentai uniforms has vastly improved the design of the costumes, and as far as I’m concerned, a magical girl superhero without a skirt isn’t a real magical girl superhero at all, leading to today’s A-Line query…

The MS-QOTD pronounced “Kerr-uh”, because I’ve been doing it for nigh on 40 years) thinks that the ‘Supergirl’ TV show proves that you can pull it off (the flying, not the skirt), asking: Flying In A Skirt – Yea Or Nay?


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  1. Haha. I’ll go with yea, why not. Wearing a bathing suit at a public swimming pool is basically wearing underpants that continue all the way up to your shoulders, in public, so if a skirt flies up, who cares. The carpenter working on my house actually wears a skirt sometimes! He’s a very cis dudely dude, too.

  2. But the fact we don’t have many enskirtenated superheroes is strange, considering the Scots, who went into battle in skirts.

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