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Women On Tumblr Unite To Prove That Not All Old Fashion Statements Were A Tool Of Patriarchy
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Women On Tumblr Unite To Prove That Not All Old Fashion Statements Were A Tool Of Patriarchy

Most of us have seen and probably laughed at the ridiculous fashion of the days of the past, especially the over-the-top skirts that took up half of the room. Luckily for us, ladies, we live in the world where (for the most part) we’re free to wear what we want and no longer need to show off our social status by donning constricting garments. Yet while we might look back at the mind-boggling contraptions that women wore a couple of centuries ago, people of Tumblr had their own ideas about it. When someone wearing a hoop skirt as an experiment said that they feel “oppressed by the patriarchy”, one user started a thread explaining how some of the fashion choices of the past eras were actually liberating. You thought those skirts were clumsy and uncomfortable? Well, maybe they’re a good way to escape unwanted attention? Scroll down below to see what people had to say and don’t forget to let us know what you think!

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Lila Launehase
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder what would a victorian lady think of us women today?Would she be wondering, if the men force us to show so much skin, to wear so thin shirts where you sometimes basically can see everything. Trousers so tight you can see a "camel toe" and so on. Of course, women had less rights back then ect ect. But the style was just "WOW". The times were more slowly and you had to take your time to dress properly. In times of fast fashion, where t-shirts barely survive two rides in the washing machine I sometimes envy those women. Again: Only in the way they dressed!

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know but, could it be possible, that there was so little to do for a wealthy lady that taking ages to dress was a good thing?

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Naomi Armitage
Community Member
3 years ago

I just want to know more about this "Vampire Ball".

Elisabeth Lavigne
Community Member
3 years ago

http://peersdance.org/vamp18.html I have been a few times!

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Blue Cicada
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3 years ago

It is my understanding that these fashions also showcased a person's wealth, because more cloth was needed to create the dresses to fit over the hoops, bustles, etc. Only a wealthy person could afford such large quantities of expensive cloth.

Terka Červeňáková
Community Member
1 month ago

And a maide to out these layers on them.

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Lila Launehase
Community Member
3 years ago

I wonder what would a victorian lady think of us women today?Would she be wondering, if the men force us to show so much skin, to wear so thin shirts where you sometimes basically can see everything. Trousers so tight you can see a "camel toe" and so on. Of course, women had less rights back then ect ect. But the style was just "WOW". The times were more slowly and you had to take your time to dress properly. In times of fast fashion, where t-shirts barely survive two rides in the washing machine I sometimes envy those women. Again: Only in the way they dressed!

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't know but, could it be possible, that there was so little to do for a wealthy lady that taking ages to dress was a good thing?

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Naomi Armitage
Community Member
3 years ago

I just want to know more about this "Vampire Ball".

Elisabeth Lavigne
Community Member
3 years ago

http://peersdance.org/vamp18.html I have been a few times!

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Blue Cicada
Community Member
3 years ago

It is my understanding that these fashions also showcased a person's wealth, because more cloth was needed to create the dresses to fit over the hoops, bustles, etc. Only a wealthy person could afford such large quantities of expensive cloth.

Terka Červeňáková
Community Member
1 month ago

And a maide to out these layers on them.

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