LOL! Yep, I was laughing out loud in spite of having a head about the size of a pumpkin and a throat redder that St. Nicholas' coat.
Women have sighed and longed for the glamour and elegance of high Victorian days, or the diaphanous, Greek inspired gowns of Austen; a time when men where men and girls were girls--- Get real, Oneill warns, and with a series of essays drawing from historical documents and 19th c books, she delineates what life was really like two centuries ago.
|1841 Graham's Magazine. Those dresses were never washed.|
Consider some of the chapter heads:
- Getting Dressed: How to Properly Hide Your Shame
- Bowels into Buckets
- Menstruation: You're Doing it Wrong
- Birth Control and Other Affronts to God
- The Secret Vice: "Where Warts and Tiny Nipple Come From"
The limits imposed on ladys were strict. Without a man or an older woman companion, a woman could not be trusted to walk down the street. And once allowed out of the house, there were injunctions against window shopping, greeting friends from across the street, and carrying your own money. You never raised your skirt, even when wadding through piles of manure.
|Great-Great-Grandmother Elizabeth Hacking Greenwood,|
looking very exhausted but elegant. She had 7 children, most of whom,
like their dad, worked in the cotton mills.
Great-Great-Grandmother Ramer, later mother
to eight children plus raising some of
her husband's eight children from his first marriage!
Illustrated throughout, with nothing left to the imagination, women are reminded of how good we have it over the Crinoline Ladies of yesteryear.
|What we imagine the 19th c was like...|
But at least our undies have crotches.
I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Little, Brown, and Company
Publication October 25, 2016
$25 hard cover