Monday, May 24, 2010

Spot the Difference, Part 2

American woman, 1910s:

Balinese woman, 1910s:

American women, 2000s:

Balinese women, 2000s:

I find it ironic that when Westerners colonized tropical and subtropical parts of the world in the 1700-1900s and encountered women sensibly dressed topless due to the climate, they forced the women to put on tops and those women's descendants dress modestly now even after the end of colonialism, while modern Western women have no idea what the word "modesty" means.


  1. I think a lot of the reinforcement for oversexualization of women comes from the fact that men respond on a carnal level. I mean, I like seeing scantily clad women; any social con that denies this is denying reality.

    But civilization exists to depress our natural urges that negatively affect societal stability. And that's what historical standards of decorum are for.

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  3. Ah, that pic of the topless Balinese woman really takes me home.