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women, law and clothing

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The topic came to my mind when i was leaving a comment at nothingman’s blog http://thefuckedup.blogspot.com/2010/08/go-topless-not-safe-for-work.html (contains a semi nude pic). So coming to the topic; in 19th century kerala there were some awesome rules that you wouldnt find anywhere in India, most of ancient india had the same rules and culture but this is a totally absurd rule.

Some 150 years back the women in kerala launched a feminist revolt for the right to cover their breast, women in kerala were not allowed to cover their breast; mostly this rule was applicable to lower caste women, when someone from higher caste would come she should show her breast to cover ones breast was considered a sign of immodesty. Brahmin women can cover their breast while venturing out but at home they had to be topless, shatriya women cant cover breast infront of brahmins and lower cast women couldnt cover breast infront of anyone. The cloth worn on lower part couldnt be lower than the knee.

I think in most of ancient india women generally were topless, there are some mention about this is kamasutra. If you think about the climate in india, generealy hot and humid  most of the time, i would say being topless is the right way.

Coming back to kerala, what lead to the change in the topless trend was apparently the contact with the brits. Some people converted to christianity and as per european standards started wearing upper body garments, the higher caste people beat the shit out of such women, slowly the contact with britishers and rest of india made topless out of fashion, women started feeling ashamed of being topless, it made them feel inferior. One women who came back from europe all dressed up had her boobs cut by the queen, because she thought the dressing was vulgar.  Changing fashion sense lead to a massive revolt and women eventually started wearing tops. I still remember when i was young some of the old women didnt wear upper garments. My mother says her mother was first women in her village to wear a blouse before that everyone were topless. If you think about it you will find it quiet absurd that just a century ago one part of india was totally topless and other parts had strict conservative dressing.

Another interesting law that prevailed was women were to pay taxes according to the size of their breast. One of the annoyed women cut her breast and threw at the tax collector. Fucking cool huh. Thats why i never trust in law, they are full of shit. If a movie were to be made in those days the censor board would have banned the scenes where womens breast were covered and today the quiet opposite will happen. Why men are always concerned about the way women dress. In todays kerala if you go topless you will be punished and doing the opposite would have got a punishment a century ago.

Now women in India want to wear clothes that reveal  more of their body, and women in west want a right to be topless (http://www.gotopless.org) , soon women in india would want to be topless and life will come full circle.



Written by maya

August 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

Posted in uncommon

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  1. Never knew about all this. Weird it is. What a world we are living in! Good, informative post!

    Darshan Chande

    August 26, 2010 at 12:07 pm

  2. was revelation ..our world has weird ways … india has travelled soooo much in time ..in every way .. so much of evolution is hard to find anywhere else i guess …btw even in bengal women only wore saree and no blouse long time back …but never heard of "showing breasts " as sign of modesty …that woman who threw her cut off breasta at the tax collector was super cool .. coming to think of it ..she could have offerred a suck as well ..the tax collector would have liked that more 😛 nice one ..uncommon stuff!


    August 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

  3. @darsh i m sure some of things that we have going around today will sound weird to the future generation.. may b the idea of using cloth to cover the body might sound weird in future@vicious..yeh a suck would have been gd but i m not sure if sucking was in demand those day,,

    Uncommon Sense

    August 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

  4. gosh….it was a damn informative post..ironically interesting…censor board…..i still dnt understnd…whether the people's brain have increased or decreased…wat were they thinking then and wat r they thinking now…


    August 26, 2010 at 5:40 pm

  5. You know Maya, I find your look on the posts really funny because you supplement it with real world information, i just say what's in my head without real world information. I didn't know this tax and old India's traditions stuff…now i do :)Cheers!NAnd thanks for the link pimpage 😉


    August 27, 2010 at 12:50 am

  6. @rohin very true, i think our brains are the same as it were in the past, its just that we have more access to information now..due to which we take somewhat rational decisions@nothing..the world is a very interesting place and there is so much to know

    Uncommon Sense

    August 27, 2010 at 12:22 pm

  7. hehe…waiting for history to repeat itself…would be fun, atleast initially…Some colorful language going on in the chatbox 😛


    August 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm

  8. @abhi lol yeh.. ppl gettin angry on me is a sign tht i m doing gd.. i hope i cud annoy more ppl

    Uncommon Sense

    August 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

  9. Fuck me side ways!Open boobs! That's a total boon. Go and squeeze em randomly. Throw stuff on em and wipe em.You made an informative post, an interesting one.FH

    Fuck Head

    August 31, 2010 at 2:33 am

  10. @fuck head.. throw stuff on em and wip em? lol

    Uncommon Sense

    August 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

  11. Why they put this rule in Kerala? I don't like this rule and I don't like this statue. Good post. Surely your post will create awareness among people.

    Register domain names

    July 26, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  12. […] When i see my old posts, i find myself awesome its like the only good thing i have done. So i have decided to continue to solve questions of everyday life. And again its going to be about clothing, i have talked about it in the past too. […]

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