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28 January 2017 @ 09:17 am
Body shame  
The Victorians really had something to hide. (gross details)
Deldel_c on January 29th, 2017 12:58 pm (UTC)
I couldn't make sense of the thesis. The author says poor people were in each other's faces and that's why they covered up, but then all her examples are the privileged minority she says could afford privacy. She says they also covered up because they had more horrifying disfigurement than we do, but then gives examples that aren't worse than today, and examples that weren't covered up, like mouths. Any such theory has to explain why we don't cover up. Has the break out of beards since 2010 been the result of some mutilating plague, or is it just a fashion following a period of general smooth shaven chins? Was scarring rarer in the 18th century, when beards were less in vogue?