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  •  There is a long, long history behind this (13+ / 0-)

    . . . and would you believe it comes from the socio-geographical base of our friends on the other side of the political aisle?

    From Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer:

    Early in the summer of 1717, the Quaker merchants of Philadelphia observed that immigrant ships were arriving in more than their usual numbers. By September, as the first hint of autumn was in the air, the Delaware River was crowded with vessels. They came not only from London and Bristol, but from Liverpool and Belfast, and small northern outports with strange-sounding names -- Londonderry and Carrickfergus in northern Ireland, Kirkcudbright and Wigtown in Scotland, Whitehaven and Morecambe on the northern border of England. . . .

    These new immigrants dressed in outlandish ways. . . . The young women startled Quaker Philadelphia by the sensuous appearance of their full bodices, tight waists, bare legs and skirts as scandalously short as an English undershift. (605–06)

    Travelers also expressed surprise at the custom of the backsettlers. Men, women and even children tended to adorn themselves in a manner that seemed fundamentally alien to other English-speaking people.

    Backcountry women dressed in what Anglican clergyman Charles Woodmason called "shift and petticoat," which were its nearest equivalents in the south of England. But in fact it was a different style of clothing altogether -- a full bodice with deep décolletage, tight-fitted waist, short full skirt and a hem worn high above the ankle. The Anglican missionary thought it scandalously revealing. (734)

    [Woodmason] was astounded by the open sexuality of the backsettlers. "How would the polite people of London stare, to see the Females (many very pretty) . . . ," he wrote. "The young women have a most uncommon practice, which I cannot break them of. They draw their shift as tight as possible round their Breasts, and slender waists (for they are generally very finely shaped) and draw their Petticoat close to their Hips to show the fineness of their limbs -- as that they might as well be in puri naturalibus -- indeed nakedness is not censurable or indecent here . . . " (681)
    I've written before about how aspects of the "Borderer" (backcountry) culture have not only taken over the Republican Party but spread throughout all of American culture as well -- our vast appetite for fried food, for example, or the epidemic practice of giving children made-up names such as Braden, Caden, Hayden and Jayden. Here's another one for ya. Take it with my condolences.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Tue Jun 19, 2012 at 12:01:13 PM PDT

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