Imagine if you will a lady in a Pacific blue and white gingham dress. Mid-calf length full skirt, capped short sleeves and button down shirt bodice. She has on her stockings and lovely low heel white pumps. Hair carefully done in an up-do adorned with pin curls. She grabs her matching white pocketbook, and her lovely daughter (equally adorned and looking quite little-lady-like) as they head out for a day on the town. Their agenda? A trip to the Post Office, a stop into Western Auto for father, then a stop into the drug store for an ice cream soda before they pick up a few groceries at the Piggly Wiggly. When they return home, both ladies will slip out of their town dresses and into a house dress. By today’s standards their everyday house dress would resemble what most would think of as fancy Sunday morning attire. Maybe a light blue and green floral cotton button-down dress, always covered with a cute apron. After all, one must have kept their clothes stain free, as they did not have a closet full of choices as we do today.
That scene from days gone by speaks of feminism.
Comprehensive Desk Dictionary 1951 edition Feminism: n. of womanly nature or character.
Dictionary.com 2014 Feminism: n. 1.
Look at the differences in those two entries. The first makes no mention of any “movement” or political advocacy. The meaning of the word simply referred to the state of womanly character. Lady likeness. The second entries does give that definition, but only after the first two definitions of the woman’s lib movement. A second (or third rather) thought, an add-on, an appeasement for those linguist who still remember the original meaning of the word. I imagine that in another 10 years they will drop definition #3.
What has happened to true feminism?
Why do I get asked “Why are you so dressed up?” When I go to Wal-Mart on a Tuesday afternoon?
Why do I feel the need to defend my use of stockings and slips. Oh and don’t get me started on slips…the young lady working the intimate apparel section at Wal-Mart had no idea what one was. I explained and she said rather sarcastically,
“Oh, we don’t carry those anymore. No one wears those.”
“Um…I assure you there are a few of us left.”
In a world where it is becoming socially acceptable to wear your sleep wear to town, complete with curlers and slippers, the few of us who still hold the old standards of modesty and feminism are becoming a dying breed. Thankfully we are breeding! (oh come on, laugh) and thankfully we tend to have a few more kids in our quiver than our “feminist” counterparts. Unfortunately it would take several more generations to actually out breed them.
No, the sad truth is that we have become a world where, “I don’t care what anyone thinks of me” is the theme song of the masses. There is little self respect. Decent attire is dressing up. Even the church house is not exempt. Jeans on Sunday morning. And not just in the pews, but in the pulpit. Yes, this thought transcends sexes.
And I’m not talking about what one can afford. We are of a family of 9. We have a VERY limited clothing budget. I rarely spend more than $5 on any one item. There can be some very modern, trendy and fashionable outfits to be made from yard sale, consignment, Goodwill, Wal-Mart, and even JC Penny clearance!
For a peek into my virtual wishlist of outfits check out my Pinterest clothing board. There you will find ideas for dress-down, dress-up and everything in between. If you have a smart phone pull up Pinterest on your phone while shopping and try to duplicate a few outfits. Choose items that can make several different looks by simply changing one or two of the pieces. That is one way to expand a tight budget.
Look classy, not trashy!