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Old 9th January 2008   #1
Kaitlynn
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Default Fashion vs. evolution (article)

This is one of those typical "tips" articles for curvy women, and articles liket his are usually awful. Their dressing advice is typically WAY off the mark, advocating body shame and figure-camouflage. And although this writer's fashion tips are useless, and suffused with mixed messages, her opening comments are notable.

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald...a653cef&k=11587

The article begins with this admission:

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There are some designers whose clothes look better filled out with the luscious contours of a more curvaceous figure.

Of course, fuller figures were once all the rage. Think Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield and, of course, Marilyn Monroe, who was so proud of her curves that she'd add extra padding to her bra and wear her skirts and pants too small.

It wasn't until the '90s that curves became passe, when the "heroin chic" look blew curves away altogether. Girls suddenly looked like lanky boys in skirts
Very true- and that aesthetic change indicates where the problems begin.

But the writer is really perceptive when she notes the following:

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consider the underpinnings of human development in the debate of fashion versus evolution.

Fashion may sometimes be an enemy of curves, but evolution certainly isn't. Men are drawn to curves as a signal of a woman better equipped to protect and nourish... Men love an hourglass figure. It's us women, and the fashion industry, who cast the verdict against curves.

Bingo. At last, women are beginning to realize this. This is not some patriarchal conspiracy. It's the exact opposite.

The writer's phrase "fashion vs. evolution" is especially significant. There is a very deliberate effort on the part of fashion to fight human evolution, and that unnatural agenda only leads to constant, senseless misery for millions of women.

Of the tips she offers, the best is this one:

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Rule 3: Skirting the issue
Skirts are far more flattering than trousers.

Too bad the rest of her suggestions are awful. Full-figured women look especially gorgeous in spaghetti-strap tops and dresses, and thick belts are a monstrosity (On the other hand, very thin belts can, sometimes, make an outfit attractive.) And light-colored pants are always more attractive than dark colors.
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Old 1st February 2008   #2
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The writer's phrase "fashion vs. evolution" is especially significant. There is a very deliberate effort on the part of fashion to fight human evolution, and that unnatural agenda only leads to constant, senseless misery for millions of women.

Very true. In recent years, we have discussed a number of significant books (see the threads on Guthrie's The Nature of Paleolithic Art and Shlain's Time and Power) that have conclusively demonstrated that women are genetically predisposed to be full-figured, and that men are corresponding hardwired to be attracted to visibly well-fed beauties. The conclusions of the linked books are extremely significant--all the more so because the mass media consistently attempts to suppress these findings.


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Too bad the rest of her [fashion]suggestions are awful. Full-figured women look especially gorgeous in spaghetti-strap tops and dresses.

Again, very true. Just look at this delicious test photo of size 14/16 model Keicia Derry. (Keicia has recently gone up a size, and, as always, this greatly improves a model's beauty.) Her dress has a timeless design and is extremely alluring, exhibiting a daring amount of decolletage; however, the Old World femininity of the dress softens the look and creates a sensual rather than overt effect. The natural setting also contributes to the idyllic beauty of the image, and the model's playful expression heightens the lyricism. The spaghetti-strap top of this dress is ideal for showcasing voluptuous beauty, and only someone who was jealous of plus-size goddesses and was attempting to disguise their seductive figures could claim otherwise.

This is an all-too-rare example of an ideal test photo of a plus-size model, fully in keeping with the principles of the New Femininity.

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Old 24th March 2008   #3
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The writer's phrase "fashion vs. evolution" is especially significant. There is a very deliberate effort on the part of fashion to fight human evolution, and that unnatural agenda only leads to constant, senseless misery for millions of women.

How true - sadly so.

I'd like to think, though, that women are slowly rejecting this modern antagonism towards essential human differences, and are gaining a renewed appreciation of the traditional harmony between men, women, and nature.

This article makes a few observations on that score.

http://cdobs.com/archive/our-column...y-was-right855/

Maybe women will finally begin celebrating (instead of fighting) their innate predisposition to be full-figured, and embracing their feminine identity in general.
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