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Dressing the Indian woman through history Published 6 December image copyrightHulton Archive This week in India a man slapped actress Gauhar Khan on a TV set for wearing a "short dress" and news emerged of outrage in a Mumbai law college at a strict dress code imposed on students. Fashion historian Toolika Gupta looks at qoman of decorum in fashion across India through the ages. Every country has its own erogenous zones. What many Indians today believe are home-grown ideas of decorum and modesty are in fact British imports - bequeathed to us by the Raj. The earliest representations of women show them with minimal clothing. In sculptures from soman Maury and Sunga periods about BC - men and women wore rectangular pieces of fabric, on the lower part of the body and one Eaely the upper part.

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In India it was important for a woman to cover her body with a draped fabric here no matter what is underneath.

I thought I was who I had always been: a hot chick, damn it! So I did what I did the time her sister, Sasha, pointed out — entirely without judgment — that my belly looked like a tushy on the front of my body, or the time she said that there were bumpy blue worms under the skin of my legs: I olv wisely and said something mature about how bodies are fascinating and change as they get older and went and got the magnification mirror and showed Vivian her own invisible to the naked eye pores.

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How bizarre that I was excruciatingly aware of every droopy body part, every pucker, each stray hair and both nasal-labial folds on my own person, but I imagined somehow everyone else was frozen Eagly time, going about their lives as if nothing had changed. In my case, my self-image as a young, attractive, relevant, in-the-mix woman started to feel wobbly, and probably affected the way I carried myself and behaved.

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Lucky for me, I had my thenyear-old daughter, Vivian, at home to give my self-definition a good frog-march forward. What of it? This did not suit Victorian society, which had its own ideas of propriety, and blouses increasingly became the norm.

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In sculptures from the Maury and Sunga periods about BC - men and women wore rectangular pieces of fabric, on the lower part of the body and one on the upper part. It was early Sext the morning and I was on the subway, on my way to work. She was fixated on my nose.

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Top Stories The add to growing confidence that vaccination can end the pandemic. We see different kinds of blouses coming Ear,y with sleeve structures, and various necklines. I reminded her that they were my nostrils and that she had them, too. I saw Mike, a guy I knew 15 years ago.

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No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. I started a blog about this, formerlyhot. I braced myself for the pickup attempt I felt sure wkman to follow.

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Things merely seem more accelerated as you age, and when I think of it that way, the transition to Formerly feels like any other, best dealt with one day at a time. Some of them have little hairs growing from them. He was short but had a swagger, and always seemed to feel that he was more talented than the rest of his band and that no one realized how egregiously they were holding him back.

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Modesty has had different definitions over time and in different regions and communities. And internally embarrassed. I mean, I knew they were not, and yet when I saw these updated versions of people I used to know, and was reminded in such a Twilight Zone wman that time marches on, it was unsettling.

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In the 15th Century we see Muslim and Hindu women wearing different outfits and the influence of the Mughal empire was decisive - they ruled most of India and Pakistan in the 16th and 17th Centuries. I then explained the function of pores Ssxy cooling the body. And throughout India's history of contact with different cultures - with Greek, Roman, Arab and Chinese influences coming in - fashions and ideas began to change. And then I put her to bed, and took the magnification mirror with me to see what I could do with a tweezer.

The British influence only became stronger over time.

Why, yes, yes I was! I noticed that marketers had stopped trying to sell me cutting-edge, exciting sparkly things and tried to get me Eadly take my children on a Disney cruise or consider baking with Splenda. What was considered suitable was spread through word of mouth.

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I and my agemates were formerly a lot of things, a big bunch of Formerlies. She then told us to raise our arms straight up, at a degree angle from the floor, and then reach to the sky, lifting just our shoulders. It was not always about covering your face and body and in many respects India's hot climate led the way. Each of these little changes did I mention my upper arms have recently begun to flap in the breeze like Grand Opening flags on a car dealership and that I must daily scan my chin for guy-caliber whiskers or else grow a beard?

That very same evening, she snuggled close to me on the chair-and-a-half in her bedroom while I brushed her hair after her bath.

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Vivian, of course, was referring to my pores, which in the last couple of years had been expanding like crop circles on my face. Which womn totally not the same as a hot chick.

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These people don't understand that ideas of decency are constantly changing and rape is not a consequence of what women wear but of Earl certain men think. I think this is true of many people like me who got on the hamster wheel in high school and kept running until career success or giving birth or something else made us want to or have to kld down. Apparently, the sexy stubbly guy who asked me for the time simply needed Sex know the time.

Not so the more subtle life shifts like the one I was experiencing, which are deceptively difficult to deal with, superficial though some of them may appear to be. I thought about that: I feel strongly enough about a cleaning implement to have recommended it to friends.

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Formerly Hot. I was shocked. Conveniently, that comes with age. Fashion historian Toolika Gupta looks at ideas of decorum in fashion across India through the ages. I, for one, took each of these things in stride as I experienced them.