Aphrodite - Goddess of Love, Desire and Natural Beauty
Aphrodite is one of the true goddesses of naturally beautiful women. She reigns over all of our desires, our love, and our natural beauty. If we were to be able to choose one heroine, Aphrodite would be in the running (along with Wonder Woman and Xena, Warrior Princess – both of whom are fashioned after the goddess Aphrodite anyway – so she wins!).
Aphrodite’s birth has been ascribed to either her father being Zeus (king of the gods) and her mother being a mortal, Dione, or another goddess Hera. Other legends have Aphrodite rising from the foamy waves of the sea, enchanting everyone who sees her and inciting feelings of love and lust wherever she goes. Aphrodite was one cool lady – she was the lover of Adonis, as well as his surrogate mother. She had special powers (somewhat similar to wonderful Wonder Woman – see previous post W is for Wonder Woman – We are Wonderful, parts 1 and 2) – Aphrodite had a magic girdle that gave her the power to make all who saw it fall helplessly in love with the wearer (sometimes she loaned out the magic girdle to her friends). Lucky for her she had the magic girdle, because she never wore anything else at all (except for an elegant strand of pearls, of course!).
So, we have a lot to thank the goddess Aphrodite (also known as Venus) for – aphrodisiacs for increasing sexual pleasure (see A is for Aphrodisiacs – Amp up your Amour) and girdles (see G is for Girdles and Garters and Girls, Oh My!).
And a great big Alleluia and Aloha to Aphrodite!
Girdles - natural Beauty?
Garter Belts - Not so naturally beautiful
Girdles and garters – Good Golly, Get Real!
Thank goodness, times change and fashions change and we no longer have to hoist ourselves up, push ourselves in, and squeeze ourselves into articles of clothing that are more like articles of torture!
Or do we??? Some people still kind of like and want the types of figures that require trussing and tying that girdles will give you. I’m sure GaGa wears girdles, but that’s her outerwear! Especially if it’s a girdle made out of meat! (Sorry Gaga – we do love you!)
Girdles arent’ commonly worn today – not when we have much easier to wear Spanx. But if you are interested in – they come in a variety of types – full body corselettes, or open bottom half girdles, girdle panties, with or without garters. And garters can add a new dimension of sexiness to your lingerie wardrobe for those sultry, sexy evenings with your man – Truth is, garters are much more appealing to men than they could possibly be to women!
Girdles hold everything in, and they support your lower back. So there’s some sense to them. But I remember them as being hot and sweaty and they are so tight in the waist that they create those dreadful muffin tops we hate!
Like everything else, girdles and garters are making a comeback. None other than Victoria’s Secret is popularizing these “sexy” articles of clothing – they might make a woman feel sexier and a man might love to see them – but Good Golly, you naturally beautiful women, for me — Girdles and Garters be Gone!!
Girls in Girdles
Those of you who are old enough to remember the fifties and sixties are also old enough to remember girdles. How we pulled and prodded and pushed to get them on – like tourniquets or something even worse.
And then there were the garters. We thought we were so hip and “mod” and stylish in our stockings. But we had to endure the pain of those garters cutting into us every minute of the day. And not being able to breathe because the girdle was so very tight!
What price beauty! And it changes all the time. Remember the Gibson Girls we talked about before – They pulled themselves into corsets that made their waists 18 inches like Scarlett O’Hara.
Then along came Twiggy in the 60s and the Age of Liberation, for mind, spirit and body. The Flower Children and their whole generation threw away their girdles and their garters and let it all hang out!
Until now, and Spanx – and we’re pushing it in and pulling it up once again. More about that later!