16. What is one taboo thing you don’t think should be taboo?
As Frank (of Sinatra fame) used to croon through the speakers of my dad’s record player: in olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, now heaven knows, anything goes.
So, what changed between ankles being titillating and ankles just being a joint that facilitates walking?
Yes, I know the history of it, wars and women finding it impractical to go to work with floor sweeping dresses on.
But what changed mentally? people becoming used to ankles.
The idea of something (a body part) being such a turn-on that it must be covered is such a human construct. I mean, why can a calendar of sexy firemen have their nipples out and soaking up the attention while calendars of sexy women ( fire fighters or otherwise) have to be nipple free? Why are women’s nipples more offensive than men’s? Because men’s are a throwback to being not much more than a zygote and women’s nipples have the purpose (should they have the opportunity/interest in using them) of feeding a child. But how, then, does that make them so titillating that they need to be covered?!?!
I was a teen in the age of mini ra-ra skirts and boob tubes (not that I had either) and, as had been seen in relaxation of the expectations of women over the previous decades, I could actually imagine a time in the future where clothes were more optional. Yet everything has gone backwards. There seems to be a higher expectation of “decency”. Yes, it’s in inverted commas. Why? Because decency should be about the way a person acts, not how they dress.
I shall now catapult on a tangent.
Hubby used to work at the “job shop”. And it really riled him that people who signed on every week, and were really decent people, couldn’t get a job because of a neck tattoo/piercings/hairstyles. That people felt they had to cut their hair/shave their beard (this was before beards became hip again) before going to a job interview. What is this obsession we (as humans) have with the way a person chooses to decorate themself and how it must link to personality traits. Heck, I have a shaved side of my hair and an undercut but for job interviews I wear my hair down so it can’t be seen.
My hopes for a more open and accepting world for my children really hasn’t come to fruition. And through social media the expectations of “decency” are being passed on with even more added expectations.
So people, throw off your clothes, run down the street with your boobs waggling and penis swinging. Make it the norm!!!
But keep Phil covered for fear he spreads his spore. That wouldn’t be good. 🍄