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Sunday, 3 June 2012


One drawback for women during the heyday of the miniskirt was the constant danger of giving a guy an eyeful every time you sat down.  Even worse, sitting for a picture could easily become an unseemly memorial to your undergarments.  God knows, the skirts of the early seventies were short enough standing fully erect - sitting they became shorter, and without proper coverage you were exposed for the whole world to see.

Thus, the Upskirt Prevention Pose: that almost reflexive action of placing hands over the danger zone when seated.  Sure, women still exercise it today, but in the early seventies it was epidemic.  If you were a girl in 1972 and forgot for a brief second to assume the position - BAM! - a tragic upskirt for all within the cone of sight.  Heaven forbid, someone has a Kodachrome.

So, this post is a reminder of something most ladies don't have to worry about anymore.  Let this be a testament to their diligence and tireless duty to observe the Upskirt Prevention Pose.



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5  They seem to all be pointing to Senegal, but the only gal I notice is the one in the miniskirt.  (Sorry.  Just be glad I didn't make a joke about Djibouti.)
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8  Remember when ladies wore gloves? That fashion trend died out completely, never to return.

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10-11  Stewardesses (correction: flight attendants) don't have need for the Upskirt Prevention Pose anymore since most wear man-slacks.

12 This crappy torn little picture is full size - don't bother trying to enlarge.  I just had to include it though - it's so wonderfully odd.

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16  Recognize this film? A free subscription to Retrospace to anyone who answers correctly.

17  (Look it's those strange tops again)  And I'm not sure those are miniskirts..... close enough.

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I thought it was important to include this example from an ad in LOOK magazine.  Obviously, professional shots are planned and choreographed precisely - thus, they typically don't have the spur-of-the-moment Upskirt Prevention Pose.  Yet, in the era of the mini, you still encountered the same problems as you would with candid Polaroids.  Thus, photographers had to get creative, make it look nonchalant, or use different angles.


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36   Wow. Even while being back handed, she remembers to cover up.  That's impressive.

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Note: I've shrunk a lot of these photos because I'm always worried it will take forever to load on your browser.  Let me know if you have this problem - or let me know if you don't, and I'll just make'm all big.  Remember, you can always click on them to view full size - but that gets to be a pain in the ass after a while.

40-41   Looks like this guy is exercising the male version of the Upskirt Prevention Pose. I commend you, sir. Guy creases and bulges are best fully covered.


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Of course, an alternative to the Upskirt Prevention Pose is to just cross your legs.... but that, my friends, is a theme for another Monday.

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