Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's Not Just for Minoans...

From a University of Warwick press release:
Historian Angela McShane Jones from the University of Warwick said: “In the 1600s it was fairly commonplace for women to bare their breasts in public. The fashions were initiated by court members and Queens, then replicated by ordinary women, and common prostitutes. 17th century fashion, rather than demeaning women, could be empowering. The extremely low cut dresses were designed to encourage men to look but not to touch. They empowered some women to use their sexuality.”
For more information, check out McShane-Jones's article "Revealing Mary" (History Today, v. 54 issue 3).

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