12 episodes

A look at the differences between men’s and women’s clothes using fashion history. Why are men's and women's clothes different?

Any piece of clothing is just cloth until we, as humans, assign meaning to it. These meanings are fluid and changing all the time. Things that seem so concrete now, weren’t always that way. I want to dive deep and see why we have these meanings and deconstruct them. Knowing where these meanings come from can allow each person to decide for themselves if the meanings hold value for them, hopefully allowing more freedom in dress.

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A look at the differences between men’s and women’s clothes using fashion history. Why are men's and women's clothes different?

Any piece of clothing is just cloth until we, as humans, assign meaning to it. These meanings are fluid and changing all the time. Things that seem so concrete now, weren’t always that way. I want to dive deep and see why we have these meanings and deconstruct them. Knowing where these meanings come from can allow each person to decide for themselves if the meanings hold value for them, hopefully allowing more freedom in dress.

    Who Wears the Pants?

    Who Wears the Pants?

    When did women start wearing pants? This goes further back than you might think.

    • 16 min
    Taboobs

    Taboobs

    An overall history of female topless-ness.

    • 12 min
    It Has Pockets!

    It Has Pockets!

    We know men and women's clothes have different sized pockets. Why is this? Turns out it wasn't always this way. What happened?

    • 17 min
    Fashion Under Patriarchy: Top Up

    Fashion Under Patriarchy: Top Up

    What we use to signify gender in our clothing turns into a reflection of the culture and society we stem from.
     
    I found more information! I had to share what I learned! So this is Part 2: The "Why". I can't wait to learn even more. Thank you for coming on this journey of curiosity with me, lovely listener.
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    References:
     
    https://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/patriarchy-and-matriarchy
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/4/11/1376465/-Matriarchy-vs-Patriarchy
    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1344762
    Conversing on Gender By: GG Bolich
    https://books.google.ca/books?id=jxtMLGIdQ8cC&pg=PA295&dq=matriarchal+dress&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi71fbOldjpAhWN4J4KHUDQCaYQ6AEIQjAD#v=onepage&q=matriarchal%20dress&f=false
    https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/08/portraits-of-chinese-Mosuo-matriarchs/
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/1041257315Z.00000000073?journalCode=yexm20
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    • 10 min
    Fashion Under Patriarchy

    Fashion Under Patriarchy

    So because I like to torture myself I have decided to do one of the largest, most politically charged topics in a 20 minute episode. I wanted to get a lightening fast overview of patriarchal influences over fashion so that when I do my next episode about fashion under matriarchal societies, I have something to compare it to. Fashion history under patriarchy is so undeniably linked to feelings about women's sexuality so this episode reviews that before and during patriarchy and how we are still try to untangle it today.
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    References:
    https://www.michaelhhallett.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-patriarchy-in-womens-fashion-part-i/
    https://www.michaelhhallett.com/the-rise-and-fall-of-patriarchy-in-womens-fashion-part-ii/
    https://www.michaelhhallett.com/brief-history-shame/
    https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/women-politics-dress-code-patriarchy_l_5d8ba3d6e4b01c02ca627f9c
    https://feminisminindia.com/2019/05/31/womens-clothes-and-patrirarchy/
    https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/apr/25/ask-hadley-fashions-male-gaze
    https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/manifestation-of-patriarchy-the-surprising-feminist-history-of-women-s-pockets-1.4225553
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jun/22/the-age-of-patriarchy-how-an-unfashionable-idea-became-a-rallying-cry-for-feminism-today
    https://warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/archives_online/exhibitions/newwoman/rational/;
    https://helenrappaport.com/footnotes/rational-dress/
    https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2018-04940-001
     

    • 17 min
    High Heels: A (Gendered) History

    High Heels: A (Gendered) History

    High heels seem so wrapped up in gender but they are just shoes until history happens. Come and unpack it with me and learn how it became to be this way. 
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    References:
     
    https://www.teenvogue.com/story/heels-history-men
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-heeled_shoe
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-13/why-do-we-wear-high-heeled-shoes/9135936
    https://qz.com/quartzy/1317090/its-enlightenment-philosophys-fault-that-women-wear-high-heels-instead-of-men/
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/can-fashion-ever-be-sustainable/p07n7630?playlist=fashion
    https://www.today.com/style/surprisingly-functional-reason-high-heels-were-invented-t100969
    https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2019/mar/20/sex-power-oppression-why-women-wear-high-heels
    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190509-is-it-the-end-for-high-heels

    • 19 min

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Corsets and Codpieces

I have been binge listening to this podcast and I love the content. I am interested in historical fashion and I love the gendered focus of this podcast when examining the garments of history.

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