Clothes define people.
A person’s clothing, be it a suit, pair of jeans, bikini or a modest head to toe covering is a critical element of his or her culture, class, personality, society and religion.
For women, fashion has always followed a pattern of varying erogenous zones by insisting that some feature of the woman’s body be revealed or exaggerated so as to draw attention to it and in so doing…… attract ..men.
Changing fashions for women reveal the political as well as social climate of the period.
Universally, women have been duty bound to go to extreme lengths to be considered fashionable and to fit specific beauty “ideals” of a given culture.
What became known as the “Hour Glass figure”, was an absolute must in the Victorian era, hence the corset, which artificially constricted a woman’s waist by being laced as tightly as she could possibly handle.
No matter that it caused difficulty breathing, problems with digestion, impaired mobility or in some cases even broken or deformed ribs or displaced internal organs.
Small price for beauty eh.
The “bustle”, a mass of material draped in a big puff at the woman’s back. Sometimes long and extended ” trains” were then attached to the bustle.
No matter if merely walking down the street became a chore.
Small price for beauty eh.
The stunning neck.
The Padaung tribe of Burma considered a long neck beautiful. About
age 5, girls were introduced to the first neck ring. As they grew, rings
were added. Their shoulders were pushed down, making the neck look
A woman wore up to twenty pounds of rings on her neck and even more on her calves…
A fully stretched neck was between 10-15″ long.. A woman could not drink from a cup, because tipping her head back would overbalance her and she would fall! She could only drink from a straw. And forget looking at the sky.. If a woman offended her tribe, her
rings were cut off and she would choke to death, unless someone held her head up…
To see an animation of the “stretch”
Small price to pay for beauty eh.
Chinese Foot binding.
So exactly what is foot binding?
In a nutshell it was an attempt to stop the growth of the feet. It usually began somewhere between the ages of four and seven. Possibly even later if the family was poor and needed their daughter to do work around the house or farm.
A bandage, ten feet long and two inches wide was wrapped tightly around thc foot, forcing the four small toes under the sole of the foot. This made the feet narrower but at the same time it made the feet shorter because it also forced the big toe and the heel closer together by bowing the arch of the foot. The bandage was tightened each day and the girl was put into progressively smaller and smaller sized shoes.
The entire process usually took about two years at the end of which the feet were essentially dead and utterly useless. Binding the feet was the easy part, being bent so out of shape the feet required lots of core. Thc feet had to be washed and manicured on a daily basis. If they weren’t manicured properly the toe nails could cut into the instep and infection could set in. If the bindings were too tight they could cut off circulation which could lead to gangrene and blood poisoning.
The feet had to be massaged and given hot and cold compresses to help relieve the pain and help improve circulation. If all this isn’t bad enough, corns would develop on the toes that were bent under and would have to be cut off with a knife. But wait.. It gets worse..
Chinese Foot Binding
With the lack of circulation flesh would rot and fall off and sometimes the toes would ooze pus. The pain was said to have been excruciating especially if this process was begun at a later age. The ideal foot would fit into a shoe only three to four inches long.
A Chinese saying says, “Every pair of small feet costs a bath (kang) of tears”. It is difficult to imagine the suffering that these women had to endure.
Small price to pay for beauty eh.
Mursi land is in southern Ethiopia….
The women wear large lip ornaments made of clay or wood. They share this unusual custom with the Kayapo natives of the Brazilian Amazon…
At puberty, the girl’s bottom lip is pierced and a small wooden or clay plate is inserted. They gradually increase the size of the plate, year by year, until it reaches a dramatic 10 inches in diameter.
The size of the disk sets the price of the young woman’s dowry. The larger the disk, the more cattle her family will receive from the groom’s family. As many as 50 heads of cattle will be paid to marry the girl with the largest disk.
Have we ceased and desisted the torture.
Women are now indoctrinated by the advertising media that they are celebrating themselves, and their social group by trying to heighten the sexual allure in what they wear or “don’t wear.”
Miniskirts and bikinis women are told are for the bold and the beautiful. The more skin a girl or woman reveals, the more “guts” and self confidence she has.
Thin became in to the tune of millions suffering from anorexia and bulemia, some as young as 6 years old.
Wrinkles and natural body fat became evil and taboo to the tune of millions of invasive cosmetic surgeries and procedures being performed hourly.
Low-rise jeans exposing girls’ and womens’ stomachs, cleavage being flaunted, even in the workplace, the exposure of undergarments and buttocks accompanied with 7 inch stiletto heels.
Clothes ones reserved for prostitutes.
Women relinquish the honor they inherently have as human beings created in the image of God when they encourage men to see them as sexual objects.
Sure..it gives men the power ……….to endlessly feast their eyes..and more…….with no expectation whatsoever in return……not even…….respect.
Clothes define people. Indeed.
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