An intimate affair : women, lingerie, and sexuality by Jill Fields

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Intimate clothing, a time period in use by means of 1921, has performed an important position within the improvement of the "naughty yet great" female excellent that emerged within the 20th century. Jill Fields's attractive, inventive, and complicated background of twentieth-century underwear excursions the area of women's intimate clothing and arrives at not anything under a sweeping view of twentieth-century women's background through the undergarments they wore. Illustrated all through and drawing on a wealth of facts from type magazines, alternate periodicals, gown artifacts, Hollywood movies, and the documents of geared up hard work, An Intimate Affair is a provocative exam of the methods cultural meanings are orchestrated through the "fashion-industrial complex," and the ways that contributors and teams include, reject, or derive that means from those daily, but hugely major, intimate articles of clothing.

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24 The editorial characterizes women wearing trousers as “antimasculine” and sees the practice as a rejection of femininity, and as an attack on masculinity and on gender difference itself. 25 Critics of the Bloomer Costume also charged that revealing the ankles was immodest and improperly erotic. A report in San Francisco that prostitutes and dance-hall girls favored the outfit meant that women of proper morals should not. Similarly, complaints were made that applying the descriptive term Turkish to the trousers rendered the outfit dangerously heathen.

Despite subsequent innovations, like the collapsible cage, which permitted a woman to sit in or board a coach, the crinoline’s stiff swinging movement regularly exposed the legs. This phenomenon solidified the consensus that drawers had become a compulsory undergarment, worn to protect modesty rather than to encourage eroticism. Yet because drawers had an open crotch, a woman who lost her balance completely might find that though her lower legs remained covered, her upper thighs and genitals had not.

25 Critics of the Bloomer Costume also charged that revealing the ankles was immodest and improperly erotic. A report in San Francisco that prostitutes and dance-hall girls favored the outfit meant that women of proper morals should not. Similarly, complaints were made that applying the descriptive term Turkish to the trousers rendered the outfit dangerously heathen. Such condemnation occurred even though Turkish objects and motifs were in vogue at the time, demonstrating the multiple meanings evoked by orientalist descriptors.

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