Building the connection between Cultural Marxism and the mini-skirt started with a comment from a high school classmate. We, the graduates of a certain all girls high school in fly over country, participate in an annual fundraiser resembling the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The various decades go through the whole bracket thing (we start with 1960s v 1980s, 1970s v 1990s, etc., and whittle it down to two classes). It goes on for a few weeks before we get to the final combatants. The winning class for any one bracket is determined by percentage of class participation. For the last two years, my class – one of three in the mini-baby boom a few years into Generation X – and a class quite a few years our junior have been pitted against each other in a battle to the death.
This year my class won. Take THAT Generation Y…at least I think they’re Generation Y.
At any rate, what was interesting to us “old ladies”, was a comparison of the two class pictures taken on the front steps of the school when we were seniors. In my classmate’s words, “We were so modest” in our clothing choices compared to the other class when we were out of uniform.
In examining at the photographs, my classmate was right. We who were teenagers in the 1980s were covered from neck to well below the knees in clothes that were in no way form fitting or tight, and the ladies coming of age over a decade later were ALL sporting skirts that hit them at least three inches above the knee.
There is something to be said for this comparison simply being about the ebb and flow of fashion over the decades, but somehow…given current trends…an argument can be made that women’s natural instincts to be conforming, to an extent, are exploited to the point that we are being manipulated into what the Cultural Marxists want us girls to be above all else: sex objects, and subject to human desire moreso than any other force.
I write that not to be hard on my own sex, but as an observation after searching high and low in ready to wear clothing for longish skirts to feed my own rebellion against the tyranny of the mini skirt. Even among the outfitters that offer the plain American woman fare, it’s not easy to find – longish skirts that are not denim and versatile. A handful of retailers do carry long skirts, but they tend to all look alike.
Due to the sheer number of mini-skirts on the market, and several of them being pleated and/or plaid just like the proverbial little Catholic school girl who was the subject of more than one derisive pop tune in the 1980s, (trust me, there were – and are – plenty who couldn’t even fake purity if they tried) it just seems that there is some other plot afoot.
See, along with the baby burlesque offerings of decades past and present, despoiling those who are “pure” is a fetish of the perverted, even if that “purity” has to be faked.
Of course, that’s not how the fashion of the mini skirt was sold to women when it became all the rage in the waning days of the most influential fashion designers of the twentieth century. No, back in the 1960s, the mini was a symbol of breaking free of the established order of things, and that, the cultural marxists in control of the entertainment and mainstream media channels at the time assured the young people of the world, was just what women wanted to do.
(Three generations later, we know that the goal was to break down society and turn it into a matriarchal culture, Henry Makow posits, but the reality is, the people at the top of the food chain wanted paganism back. They have been busy putting all the legal aspects of pre Christian paganism into place, and filling the void the planned decline of religion and the associated lifestyle created when they imposed crap like women’s lib on an unsuspecting public.)
It’s not that the mini-skirt was really new when it appeared in a London boutique in 1964. No, minis had long been a part of entertainment costumes for dance, musicals, and science fiction offerings, entertainment that was either saccharine or dystopian in nature, and completely not grounded in reality. In other words, the mini skirt represented an escape from reality. That it happened to show off a woman’s legs…well, the men, ahem, didn’t mind.
Honestly, how were mere mortal women supposed to compete with this?
And it’s not like this was a lone occurrence. It was more like front loading that eventually gave us this.
This particular video touched off a (hand wringing concern from the mommy set) tangential firestorm regarding encouraging overeating and obesity as opposed to girls developing eating disorders that result from teenage girls trying to achieve the impossible as presented in airbrushed pictures. Psychologists can argue over which is more valid of a concern for the modern parent of teenaged girls.
What it did in the context of this essay, though, was use the mini-skirt to sell to young women the idea that their sexuality depended on wearing one.
Which is worse, the mini skirt or leggings for showing off legs, etc., is a matter for a different debate.
The truth, though, is that the mini skirt at this time in history, perhaps since its appearance on the fashion runways in the 1960s, has held women in the grasp of Cultural Marxists. It is expected that we chuck our natural modesty to bare knees or risk being labelled something other than sexually desirable women.
What is interesting about that is that the woman fashion designer who liberated women from some of the practices that were actually dangerous when it came to shaping – Coco Chanel – considered the knees and the elbows to be ugly, and thus believed that they should be covered as often as possible. Her fashion creations reflected that belief.
A parallel construct in fashion is women in trousers, jeans and the like. Along with leggings, that’s an argument for a different day. The reality is that since the Cultural Marxists started to dictate fashion choices outside of the preppy realm, and pushing the classic American fall back look aside – to the point of derision – in a lot of ways, young women have been put on display like pieces of meat. It is now expected we be revealing, or we risk being sidelined and compared to leftist heroines like the vampiress Fiona Hill.
What makes the rise of the mini-skirt as expected fashion egregious in so many ways is that the Cultural Marxists used women’s natural tendencies of wanting to look good, be attractive, popular, and fashionable against us to make short skirts a norm in the female wardrobe happen regardless of modesty concerns, religious related or not, and men being, well, men.
Talk about tyranny.