Mar 22, 2011
From Glamour Magazine, 1944…
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Category: History, z - Arts & Culture
They’re telling women not to go around topless now? What’s next?
Note to self: buy a bright, dashing tuxedo.
Tuxedo-style coat, that is. Today, we’d call it a “swing-coat with contrasting vertical front panels”.
If you never wore bras, it may have let to your current condition…
I wonder where the whole attitude of, “Let’s try to hide the fact that I’m pregnant,” came from; especially since in some other cultures, they show off their pregnancy.
And why would you want a nightgown to hide your pregnancy? If your husband doesn’t know…it can’t be good.
That is something that I think has changed a lot lately, most maternity clothes show off the belly now (yay!) and sometimes much more :(
Back then, anything to do with sex was something to be hidden. Kotex and Tampax weren’t even stocked openly in drug stores. Many women would send their kid to the drugstore with a note for the druggist, who’d go into the back room and come back with a package wrapped in brown paper, which the kid would take back to Mom. And pregnancy, of course, REALLY had to do with sex.
Even in the 1960s, it was kept under wraps in the media. Network censors wouldn’t let you show a bellybutton (where the umbilical cord used to be attached!) or a pregnant woman on TV or even let you say the word “pregnant” on TV or radio. You had to say, “expecting”, and even then, you had to get permission.
The real ground-breaker was “I Love Lucy”, in the 1950s. There was a huge ongoing debate with the censors, about showing Lucille Ball’s naturally pregnant state, and what word to use to describe her character’s pregnancy. Finally, they were allowed to use the Spanish term “enciente”, which is why the episode announcing Lucy Ricardo’s pregnancy is called “Lucy Is Enciente”.
Even after that, though, on TV, it remained routine to have pregnant women stand behind furniture or other things to hide their bellies.
Actually that is the French word, the Spanish word is embarazada. Though it would have made a lot more sense to use the Spanish word.
In some places, pregnant women didn’t even leave the house because it was not socially acceptable to be seen when pregnant. I believe this was a European custom… It makes a lot of since when you think about it. What is the one women were to do then, socially? Look good. Be pretty. The only thing that made a difference was if she was pretty, and in good social standing. Being pregnant is not usually considered attractive.
I’ve never heard of any culture where you show off being pregnant, but I’ll have to look into that more. To my knowledge, that is an extremely recent event.
“High heels throw off your kilter; for good posture, medium heels…” …for best posture, Nike.
Smock vs. dress: from the picture it looks like the way to not look pregnant is to not BE pregnant.
ha ha ha! Yes, I noticed that in a couple of the pictures!
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