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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Of Corsets and Courtesans (HONORARY DIVA, Cristiana Cameron)

With Halloween rapidly approaching, I had to figure out just what cute, girly costumes I could get my daughters into. Well, when I walked into Wal-Mart and saw the lovely "Southern Belle" costume, my mind immediately went back to "GONE WITH THE WIND". (It didn't hurt that the costume is totally a copy of young Scarlet O'Hara at the Wilkes BBQ.)

That got me to thinking about the clothes that women wore back in those romantic 'good old days'. And how miserable they must have truly been…especially cinched up in a corset, enduring all those layers. Can you imagine the smell and feel on a hot August afternoon? You read about women getting the vapors. You see fainting couches in antique stores…so were the good old days all that good?

I was able to take my thinking one step further when the power went out where I live yesterday. Not a flash or a fifteen minute inconvenience but three hours. By the end of the first I was worrying about the food in the freezer. I couldn't do any of my routine work around the house. Worse still NO computer!

So, with all that time to sit and think, I realized something else. Back then I wouldn't have had all the help I've had…and that's just cosmetically. No braces, no hair color (none worth a darn anyway), no make up (none that you could wear near a fire without fear of it melting away, and let's not forget the lead in those cosmetics…yes I said lead!) My mother would be burdened with cataracts. My brother, sleep apnea. Worse still, a lot of people I know wouldn't even have lived to middle age had they been born back then. One friend would have died in childbirth, another of appendicitis, still another from skin cancer. My grandparents wouldn't have lasted as long as they have!

I put this to you, the reader…is history really all that romantic? Or are we darned lucky to live in the here an now with our treated water and air conditioning?

Oh, and if you wouldn't mind…Death's Angel at TEXTNOVEL could sure use your vote. ;)

Thanks textnovel divas and happy Halloween everyone!


Lori Brighton said...

Love Death's Angel!

What a great, interesting blog!

I would have pigeon toes! My feet were curved inward when I was born.

Christiana Cameron said...

I'd have fangs!!!

Thanks for stopping by, Lori!

Gail Hart said...

Thanks for dropping by, Chistiana! Death's Angel is a fabulous read, and we're proud to have you as an honorary Diva.

I can't imagine living without things I lacked even 10 years ago, like a computer at home (I did use one at the office).

Christiana Cameron said...

Thanks Gail! I've been enjoying your story too! Glad to be an honorary diva!

SarannaDeWylde said...

Great post! I've always thought of that myself. Like, when I'm carried away in a good historical and then I think about what it would be like to have polycystic ovarian syndrome back then, what did you do when you were...uh...riding the cotton pony to part the red sea? Or yeast infections? Or, like you mentioned a heat wave? Ugh. I love my a/c, my prepackaged sanitary napkins, and my chocolate.

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