Thanks for the Mammaries

In my MAIDENFORM BRA ……

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LIFE MAGAZINE, 1959

 

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Celebrity Shock Photo!

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Gloria, Steinem, Feminist. (How to Age, Anne Karpt, The School of Life (2014))

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Ever had a bad photo? Could be worse.

This one could melt your eyeballs!

Celebrities are pegged in our memories at the age when they were at the peak of their celebrityhood. This is just how the brain works. We remember famous folk when we loved or hated them the most.

As a result we are often shocked when we see how much a celebrity has aged. ‘OMG. They’re ancient.’ In reality, they have aged as much as we have. Take Shirley Temple, for instance. She was always 8 years old. This woman who pretended to be Shirley Temple Black with a diplomatic career was an intruder. Shirley Temple was 8 years old. In fact, she had to have her 8th birthday two years in a row as the studio thought turning 9 was bad for publicity.

So we are often shocked at how quickly celebrities have aged simply because we haven’t noticed them doing it. And we rather enjoy it too. Here is a recent pic of Goldie Hawn (b. 1945). It is an absolute dog of photograph. She doesn’t look nearly as, um, hideous as this, but this happens to be a screen grab used by Huffington Post linking to a video. Yeah! WE all have bad photos. Cue the violins. This is a doozy.

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Thanks for the Mammaries

In my MAIDENFORM BRA ……

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MAIDENFORM BRA LADIES’ HOME JOURNAL 03/01/1954

 

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Once Sex Ed was for -what? – rabbits!

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Year 9 Text, Pursuit of Science, Lugg & Rowney, CHESHIRE (1965)

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Yes! You should know about the birds and the bees ………………and, um, rabbits

Sex education was excruciatingly vague for most of us. Here is the total sum of information I received from Kyneton High School in rural Australia  in 1965. I turned 13 that year. That was it. Yes! We stormed  into the world armed with the knowledge of the sex lives of rabbits.

But, at least, we knew multiple births were rare.

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Then and Now

A history shared ….

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First Communion, First Confession: Bless Me Father for I have a Fake Tan

By Donna Jones & Kerry Cue

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Tiaras, white princess dresses, salon hair, make up and fake tans. I am not describing a wedding party or a debut set. Today, in Australia, some 7 year old girls go through the full ‘bridal makeover package’ to make their First Holy Communion.

Do parents realise they are sexualising their daughters for a religious ceremony? Or, is the sexualisation of young girls in our culture so endemic, parents do not think about it at all?

So girls learn at 7 years of age that:

– their real skin is not good enough (They have beautiful skin)

– their real cheeks are too rosy (They must be made to look like an adult)

– their real hair is too ordinary (They must have supermodel hair)

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This is not just a BODY IMAGE issue. This story reflects a shift in values and connection to community. In his Theory of Cognitive Development Piaget used the term ‘decentering’, to define a child’s ability to think outside him or herself, to think of others. This stage stretches from 7 – 12 years of age. So at the very point where children start to think how others might feel in a situation, we turn the spotlight on them. We create little narcissists.

Sad, isn’t it.

As for the tiara, that’s fine. Every young girl is a princess.

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1964: The year fashion promoted a revolution, not just a brand!

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………………………….Kerry Cue, Sibylesque (Written for this post).

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This is the story of a Fashion Revolution

1. How our mothers dressed in 1960.

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2. How we dressed in 1964.

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3. We wore the same clothes as our mothers and the same UNDERWEAR too!

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4. Ads were patronising. This was pre-feminism! Women, apparently, didn’t have brains back then.

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5. Mothers bought girdles for their girls, but they were a fashion statement!

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6. Bloomers could be wore over the ‘tarty’ suspender belts!

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7. 1964: The revolution begins ….

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8. 1965: Now hemlines go up, Up, UP!

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9. 1966: Mother cannot wear this new mini-skirt fashion!

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10. 1967: The mini-skirt becomes the hottest fashion.

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11. 1968: The mini-skirt goes mainstream

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12. 1969: The mini-skirt defines Pop Culture

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13. Don’t forget the boots …

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14. 1970: Mama don’t rule no more!

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Photo Source: 1. Islandcontinent blog, 2. Queensland State Library Archive, 3. barbarafalconernewhall blog, 4. pinterest, 5.eBay, 6. eBay, 7. Flikr Paul Galesko photostream, 8. The Vine, 9. vintageeveryday blog, 10. pinterest, 11. 63highlanders blog, 12. goretro blog, 13 eBay, 14. dellamoda blog

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The Ascent of Man or, you took your time!

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An American monkey, after getting drunk on brandy, would never touch it again, and thus is much wiser than most men.purple quote 2

…………………….Charles Darwin, Brainyquote

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Photo Source: Collage from IFLS Facebook Page.

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