Unmentionables: A Brief History of Underwear
"Boxers or Briefs?" has become a political litmus test for presidential candidates, but what does the answer really tell us? Quite a lot, argue Elaine Benson and John Esten in Unmentionables: A Brief History of Underwear. The question posed to Bill Clinton in 1992 may seem silly, but undergarments have a distinctly political part to play in history. During the women's move...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 11th 1996 by Simon & Schuster
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I enjoyed this book, but was somewhat disappointed by just how basic the content was. Much of the information it contains can be found readily on wikipedia, and there are numerous instances where the author is needlessly vague. For example - there are at least two instances where she writes "Japanese men wore a similar garment" when referencing loin cloths, but she never calls the item in question a "fundoshi." However, when referencing corsets, crinolines, and other historic undergarments known...more