Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Women Wearing Pig's Noses: vintage clothing ad

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 25, 2010 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics, The Movement
Tags: female labor force, women at work, women's clothing, women's history

Maybe I'm just too citified, but is there some advantage to your clothes wearing like a pig's nose? What? Those cute little pink snouts always looked so sensitive! But ok, obviously I am not a snout expert. Also I guess that what we call jumpsuits they called overalls in the early 20th century.

I'm thinking how interesting it is that during war-time, women were cajoled to be strong and butch and wear loose clothes... only to be forced back into exaggerated daintiness and tight girdles when the men returned. I always feel a tinge of sadness for our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, who were seldom allowed to simply be themselves.

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"As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion."

If people were wondering.

Wear like a pigs nose means they're durable. "Wear" as in they don't wear out. Pigs do a lot of rooting around with their snouts.

I've always known them as overalls. Jumpsuits are what skydivers wear. Maybe it's regional.

Or a question of culture of the moment. At one (mercifully brief) point in the 80s, "nylon jumpsuits" were all the rage in San Francisco -- they were just overalls, made from DayGlo fabric.

I think that WWII era use of women in factories, etc only to be returned to a slightly different form of subjugation is rather like the Prop 8 debacle where you could get married, but now things return to the status quo.