Thursday, February 23, 2006

inner dork: breasts

I thought to keep with the HNT I would do a few dorks about boobs.

Victorians believed that a woman who was sexually neglected by her husband would get shriveled breasts.

Believeing that modesty was more important than fine art, eighteenth-centrury families commonly adapted the portraits of their busty seventeenth-century relatives by painting bibs over their exposed breasts.

In Victorian times, a woman who was "poorly adorned" was small or flat chested.

To counter that,

The first mastectomies were performed in England in 1671 for women with breasts of "prodigious bigness"


Jay said...

I have to say that, due to the rather lovely breasts at the top of the page here, I almost missed the inner dork!!!!

Speaking of the Victorian era, let's talk about it.

This era in our existence was considered both a high and low watermark in human sexuality, dominated by the belief that an individual's sex and sexuality form the most basic core of their identity, potentiality, social/political standing and freedom, with the flipside being sexual repression propagated by politicians, doctors, scientists, schools and the church to an extreme unseen since. The pervert, child masturbator, homosexual, hysteric, prostitute, primitive and nymphomaniac, all emerged as distinctly classified sexual species possessing their own internal "secret" which had been revealed by the penetrating gaze of science. These examples soon emerged as entities posing the greatest threat to heterosexual reproduction, morality and social order.

The most notable personality to come from these times was Sigmund Freud. The basis of the majority of his work stemmed from the idea that everything, both good and bad, seems to stem from the expression or repression of the sex drive. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this made Freud very unpopular.

Perhaps talking about sexual fantasies with his mother might have had something to do with that as well. :)

THE DUKE said...

"Inner dork" is one of my favorite reads each week.


Thank God for boobies!!!!!!

Mikey said...

It's amazing how society changes on what is a beautiful look for woman over the years. Thank God it's not the Twiggy look anymore

Party Girl said...

Jay: you had me worried, I was thinking I lost ya on the dork for the day!

Yeah, the Victorian had some crazy ass ideas about sexuality. The Romans, Christians and Victorians so far have very much dominated the sexual trivia book I bought last weekend.

Freud, yeah fantasies about his mother and a serious commitment to cocaine and cigars, where's the coach?

The Duke: you totally made my day! Thanks for stopping back by and letting me know you enjoy it!

Mickey: Beauty ideals, there have been some wacky ones, Twiggy being amoung them.
What about the heroine chic of the mid-90's? That was a good one. I might have bought into it also. (maybe)