We figured that one out a long time ago

I have a whale bone to pick with the world of history as written by men in relation to what women were capable of doing, knowing, or creating–especially when it’s about clothes.

Historically, men have made life-changing decisions for women and declared that’s how women must carry forward–as if men actually knew anything about what goes on in women’s minds or bodies.  (Pantyhose is a perfect example.)

A recent discovery of a medieval bra has overthrown the long-held belief that the bra was invented only about 100 years ago.

Really?  Just because there hasn’t been material evidence of bras before the torture device called a corset, people can’t fathom the idea that women might have been smart enough to sew fabric in such a way as to support their breasts comfortably?  Thank goodness the Victorian Age is over!

by Steph Lawton from WANA Commons

Mary Phelps Jacob got the first patent for a bra in 1913 when she sewed two silk hankies together to wear under a new evening gown.  I can’t blame her for wanting to pitch her stiff, tight, and uncomfortable corset.  But that doesn’t mean she invented the brassiere for the first time ever in all of history.  Sheesh.

Who did most (if not all) of the sewing for, well, forever?  Women have be designing, creating, and burning their own undergarments for eternity.  Wait, did I say burning?OK, that part isn’t true.  In 1968, the myth of the bra-burning feminists was born at a draft protest.  Even though it didn’t happen, the myth was perpetuated enough so that some women felt free enough to leave their bras at home.  (Some really shouldn’t haveI could be a little jealous; others didn’t look any different.)

Honestly, there are so many bra options on the market now that women can wear anything from the barely-there sheer to the push-up bra.   Don’t forget the all-in-one SPANX so no one sees the muffin top at the too-low waistline of our jeans.

Oh, no!  We’re back to the torture devices again!

Women, have we learned nothing since the corset was thrown out?

In honor of the sometimes-matching partner to the brassiere, check out what Jenny Hansen has to say about the national day for underwear.

Just for fun–Answer this quiz to tell me your favorite.  🙂

Do you have a least favorite article of clothing?  I’d love to hear from you.

14 thoughts on “We figured that one out a long time ago

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    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      It’s a little ironic, isn’t it? I saw a news clip this morning about how wearing those tightening undergarments can hurt circulation, especially if they are too tight or the person wears more than one. More than one? Evidently, some celebrities do. Crazy. The corset morphed women’s rib cages into new shapes. Which is more evil? It’s a huge market out there for these things–I may even own a camisole or two, but I can breathe when I wear them. I don’t understand the full-body suits that look several sizes smaller than they should. I can only imagine the contortions required to get into them. Seriously, ladies, work out and eat right.

  2. Pauline Baird Jones

    I guess this is where I confess I own a couple of corsets (for when I put my steampunk on) and even a pattern for making them, though I haven’t whipped out the sewing machine just yet. LOL The trick is not to tighten them to the point where breathing is constricted. They actually give the lower back some nice support when you are wise with the lacing. the biggest problem is that yeah, need a maid to help with that lacing and um, no, don’t have one. LOL! I got this very cool, steampunk corset from The Mysterium in Austin and couldn’t try it on until one of my daughters visited and helped out. If you get a demi or full, they really keep the girls in line. LOLOL!

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      As long as you can breathe and you don’t wear one everyday… 😉 I bet it’s fun to put your steampunk on every once in awhile. You should post some pictures the next time you do. I love the details of it all.

      1. Pauline Baird Jones

        i think my flicker feed has one, but I have not strutted the new corset yet. I love the hats and goggles, too. Not sure why, but I drift to them when I’m at cons. I’m going to Octopodicon in OK, OK in Oct and it should have lots of steampunk fun. There’s also a face off between Edison and Tesla in Nov here in TX. I have not dressed up much, because I’m from Wyoming and we’re really uptight, but when you go to steampunk events, you almost stick out more when you aren’t wearing something. LOL!

        1. Diana Beebe Post author

          Sounds fun. I had no idea there were so many reasons to get dressed up. LOL. I’ve always thought it would be fun to go to cons in an outfit, but I’ve never been brave enough.

  3. Debra Kristi

    I think that the women who wear corsets today wear them more for looks than function and so they aren’t worn as tight. Breathing isn’t so much of an issue. There is no ideal bra. I have a hate-hate relationship with the bra right now. LOL.

    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      Yes, so true about women who wear corsets today. If you can’t breathe or move, it’s too tight. Does anyone really love their bras? I’m glad you stopped by. 🙂

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