Showing off the legs in question
At the risk of sounding vain, I love my legs. A few years ago, when I was complaining to my mom about the fact that I had inherited her nose, she cut me off by replying, “Yes, but you inherited my legs too so stop complaining.” And you know what? She was right. I take a lot of pride in my legs and I enjoy showing them off.
At one time, of course, showing them off would probably have meant being accused of gross indecency. Most famously, during the Victorian Era, it was considered scandalous for a woman to even show her ankles.
Fortunately, especially for those of us who live in the Southwest where it’s usually just a little bit too hot and dry to wander around covered head-to-toe in several layers of clothing all in the name of public decency, times have changed.
Now, if you’re like me and you like to show off your legs then you probably know that there’s a lot of advice to be found online on how to wear a miniskirt without 1) looking trashy and 2) letting the entire world know what color underwear you’re wearing.
A lot of that information is actually pretty helpful.
And then some of that information, like this video that I came across on YouTube yesterday, is from 1967…
That’s right, ladies. The key to wearing a miniskirt is to make sure you carry your chastity board with you everywhere and try not to distract the men from getting their work done.
You’re welcome. 🙂
Sometimes, Youtube can be a busy blogger’s best friend.
This video, which I came across earlier today on Youtube, is entitled The Game Changed. It is a 5 minute compilation of film clips from the 1940s and 1950s. These clips deal with the “role” of women in then-contemporary American society.
Actually, I say then-contemporary but the attitudes that I see in these clips aren’t all that different from the attitudes that I deal with on a daily basis. Society just uses different words now to say the same thing. In the end, the meaning of those words — i.e., assume your expected role and don’t you dare try to be anything different — remains the same.
This video of San Francisco police apparently slamming a woman headfirst down to the pavement was uploaded to YouTube yesterday. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I can not vouch for the video’s authenticity. According to the video’s title, the woman’s baby was left alone in the car while the police slammed her down to the ground. While the woman in the video is clearly agitated, it’s difficult to see any evidence that she was resisting arrest in any way other than by being obnoxious.
Still, to me, this video is an all too typical example of something that everyone has seen. Once you give people in authority the right to act like thugs, that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Once you allow society to define what’s acceptable and what’s not, you’ve created a society where the majority of citizens are going to end lying face down in the middle of the street.