Are We Turning Into A Stepford Wife Underwear Society ?

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Whilst perusing a copy of the latest  of my newspaper I happened upon an article about how men were  buying underwear they lifted and supported their derriere.  I had to laugh because it reminded me of my youth when the ever-present  bra commercials promised to lift and separate, apparently every girls dream.

In those days we were in the process of rebelling against the girdle and  projectile bras in fashion at the time.  I remember going from a dress code in high school that required girls wear skirts, no pants which meant a girdle and it was heavy-duty and tight. Of course stockings had to be attached in horrid 4 snap sections at edges of girdle.

So it was with much relief and actual joy that I put on my red corduroy jeans, boat sneakers and purple French underwear shirt ( yes I loved color even back then!) and headed to school after the dress code had been changed through pressure from the women’s movement.

And now I see it is a bit of a reversal as women’s chests rest on the hangers that hold the padded wired bras for sale.  Try to find a bra without such accoutrement, it is nearly impossible.  And now to my further dismay, men have joined in the renewal of the stepford conformity movement of lifting and separating- buttocks!
Hard fought freedoms of movement are being replaced by cookie cutter shape shifting ala the chest (women) and the buttocks (men.)   I can only wonder what expressions appear as romantic encounters occur and all that attracted you is resting lifelessly on a chair in your cozy romantic retreat.


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The Stepford Wives is a 1972 satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin. The story concerns Joanna Eberhart, a photographer and young mother who begins to suspect that the frighteningly submissive housewives in her new idyllic Connecticut neighborhood may be robots created by their husbands.




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