Let me preface this rant by saying I don't really have any proof, but if the Internet has taught me anything, it's that you don't need to have all your facts straight before you post.
I believe some products were made just to make women miserable.
Men, historically, have been viewed as superior to women (sit back down, feminists, I'm just stating a historical fact, not a new campaign policy. Yada yada yada...I do know who Gloria Steinem is. Stay with me).
Likewise, men were historically the titans of industry and invention - not that ladies didn't invent things. They most certainly did. But the lion's share of the industry and invention biz was driven by men.
People in a position of power, inventing things and manufacturing things...that they didn't use or ever need to use.
So, my question is this: if these products were so great, why weren't they ever used by men?
- Corsets - just squeeze your waistline to the shape you want. Men?
- Hoop skirts - Create the silhouette you find most attractive with hoops and fabric? Men?
- Panty hose - The predecessor was heavy, dark woolen stockings. Then came knitted hose, followed by "nylons" and finally, panty hose. Guys have legs, too - why no male version of panty hose (manty hose, perhaps?)?
- Girdles - No boydles? And while I'm at it, I'd like to thank the Lord that the nursing school I attended got rid of the girdle requirement before I started attending. I would have changed careers over it, or at least went to another nursing school.
- Spanx - Do you really think men have nothing that needs tucked in?
- Bras - Believe me, I've seen men who could use one. Why don't they?
- High heels - What is the idea behind high heels originally? Don't get me wrong, I have loved high heels - not now, but at one time - and I think they're great looking. But who was the first one to decide walking at an unnatural angle was a great idea for women? And JUST women?
- Bathing caps - I'm still looking for the pink petal-covered bathing cap from scout camp. You'd have to see it to believe it, but it was the cutting edge of pool fashion. It was so ridiculous and tight that you'd rather not swim. It had a chin strap, just in case it came off - and buddy, I know why. That thing was so tight that if the chin strap snapped off and the cap went flying, some poor soul might get a head injury. But, all girls had to wear one in the pool because of hair - apparently it clogged the filter. Unless you had boy hair. When boys used the pool, no one made them cram their brain case into a cap. And a lot of guys had hair longer than mine.
Notice a pattern?