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There was a roar about the tango dance at -first. It was new. But
everybody's doing it now. Ev;en England's very careful and cautious queen
had to give in.
We say, for the sake of something to say, that women are strange
creatures, and that men can't understand them; but they are no stranger
than men. Most "of us have so little imagination that we' are afraid to do
anything that hasn't been done before.
Even our learned judges are victims of the same mental habit. They 3 (
can't render a decision in law until they have looked up the authorities and
found out what some judge, who has been dead a hundred years, thought
about it when he was alive.
As for women's costumes, the women who wear Ihem have very little
to say about styles and fashions. Most of the styles are set by the demi-
monde of Paris, anyhow. And the men and women who make and sell
gowns .arbitrarily dictate fashions.
It is no different with men. The style of their coats, vests and pants
is dictated by the clothing manufacturers. They design the style and make
the clothes; and the men buy 'em and wear 'em.
For a time we men may wear baggy pants, and then next year put on
pants that you have to use a shoehorn to get into.
We wear pointed-toe shoes, and then broad toes. We wear black shoes,
and then the shoe trust bands us tan shoes; and we wear whatever they
make for us.
We wear white ties, then black ties and then those noisy Bulgarian
things. And we consult the authorities to find out just what time of day 4
to put on full dress, and on what occasion to -wear a tuxedo.
One year we will wear a high derby hat, and another a hat that look's
like a fried egg. - V
But it makes no difference so long as everybody's doing it. And it's
good business for the manufacturers to. change styles and make us all
slaves of fashion, because then they can sell us more clothes. Our old ones
are out of style before they are worn out
n some parts of the world men and women go about with not much
on except a dark skin. But nobody thinks It's odd, because it isn't. It's '
If the fig leaf were duly adopted as woman's latest style in hot weather,
we'd soon get used to it and think nothing of it. There is no reason to be-
lieve that Eve's scanty costume shocked Adam even a little bit He didn't
read The Ladles' Home Journal and didn't know anything about what the
New York and Paris' styles were at the time. j
Now we hear about the diaphanous gowns in Paris, which are about
as transparent as the surrounding air; and you can. see the shape of the
body right through them. But if all the women wore tights and took off " f
their diaphanous drapery, people would soon get accustomed to the tights
and they would attract no more attention on the street than they do on
And, at that, they would be more sensible than the hobble-skirt, which
was about equal to one leg of a pair of man's pants.
For some reason or other we have been hiding the human body for so
many years that we have grown ashamed of it. And the human animal is
the only one in the universal zoo who Is ashamed of the form in which
God created him. I
Men and women, boys and girls, go to a horse show and see male and !
female horses just as they came into the world, and think nothing but I