Six Degrees of Misogyny (Or Less!) On Corrective Underpants, Bondage and Porn

by FCM

trinity, "the matrix: reloaded"

has anyone ever played the “six degrees of kevin bacon” game?  apparently, everyone in hollywood has either worked with kevin bacon, or has worked with someone who has worked with him.  its a small world and all that.  the point is that there are degrees of separation among things that are seemingly very different i mean incestuous, homogenous and the same.  like hollywood!  and theres more than a little similarity between corrective underwear (ie. spanx) and bondage gear (obviously) and its less than a stones throw from bondage gear to bondage-porn.  so what the fuck comes next?  you tell me.  how many degrees of separation are there, between corrective underpants and rape?  and whats at the very end of that road?

youre all familiar with “spanx” arent you?  these are the miracle underwear that “shapes and smooths” womens bodies underneath our clothing.  because womens bodies are made of paper mache and play-doh (and not flesh and bones and blood) and are meant to be molded and sculpted and nipped and all the other terrible words we hear on commercials for womens corrective underpants.  and lotion.  and fitness gear.  and and and.

we also hear quite a lot about products that allegedly “protect” us, but from what (whom) do we need protecting exactly?  they never say.  or rather, they lie about that.  shamelessly.  of course, we all know its actually men, threatening us with sexualized violence.  although if any sort of organic scent wafts from under our armpits, that would be very dangerous too, in certain situations: it could put us in danger of losing our jobs (for example).  where we would become more vulnerable to being sexually victimized by men.

here are some reviews of womens corrective underpants, written by actual women who have worn them and found them excruciating (there are some positive reviews too, which are also worth looking at):

“I know shapers aren’t supposed to feel as if you aren’t wearing anything at all, but this one poked and pinched in all the wrong places. Everything was molded and that made for a very uncomfortable fitting experience. I returned mine the same day it arrived. And I am a big fan of shapers and what they can do … this one made me feel as if I was in a square sausage casing. Not readily adaptable to the female form.”

well said!  as is this (its short and sweet, and excellent):

horrible dont buy it. so uncomfortable.oh unless you are a model and dont need it.

indeed.

heres one that was “positive” but the context here reveals alot doesnt it?

Very good quality materials. This body briefer really does what it claims. I wore it under my wedding dress, and felt like it controlled my “wobbly bits” very well 🙂

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wedding dresses and wedding planning are designed specifically to make brides WOMEN diet starve themselves, compulsively exercise and otherwise make themselves crazy groom them for long-term heterosexual partnering (who purchases a form-fitting item of clothing a year in advance, expecting not to change sizes at all?  women who marry in wedding dresses of course.  thats how the industry chooses to do it.  which is telling isnt it?)

heres another positive one:

Well, I’ve finally had the opportunity to shimmy into this “miracle suit” to wear under a stunning black one shoulder cocktail dress. This is a great garment except for the area designed to allow for bathroom use. It’s very tricky and especially cumbersome with clothing on and would benefit from a larger opening and the use of a velcro closure or even hooks and eyes. I’m planning to see my seamstress to see whether or not something like this can be done to this garment; otherwise, I’ll diligently try to avoid using the bathroom. Other than this the body suit is most satisfactory and I’m glad I was able to find it on-line since I could find it nowhere else in my city.

this garment would have worked out better if she didnt have functioning kidneys.  her functioning kidneys were the problem.

so anyway, back to my point: there is very little difference between womens corrective underwear and bondage gear.  i think thats pretty obvious.  so how far is it from there to porn, and then to rape, and then to rape-murder after that?  the homogeneity here, of course, is due to the fact that they are all just points on a continuum of woman-hating, a continuum of sexualized violence in fact, that ends with women dying from it.

but there are exactly zero points in between womens corrective underwear and womens torture.  thats clear.  if you want to add a degree of separation, kevin-bacon style, you could i suppose: heres a commercial from woolite directed by horror movie dood (and man of many gruesome talents actually, just EW) rob zombie:

just add a triple-back-handspring double-tuck reversal at the end there, where women actually torture their clothes.  oh, okay!  and in case anyone missed the obvious deflection: women torture other people too.  women torture, men dont.  not even the obviously-male torturer in this commercial: he actually represents women.  just ignore that instinctual (and learned) terror of men — and knowing what they do — that rises in your stomach as you watch.

12 Responses to “Six Degrees of Misogyny (Or Less!) On Corrective Underpants, Bondage and Porn”

  1. I really liked this post, dark with an edge of humour, a strange mix of washing and murder most horrid! That is the surreal world most women live in, most women are murdered in their own homes by their husbands or other male family members.

    Six degrees of separation — a bit like descending six flights of stairs, very slowly, into the dungeon of life, were the clothes torturer awaits! Women need to buy weapons not underwear and then wobble as much as they possibly can to frighten men off. 😉

  2. haha! indeed zeph. youre making me laugh. 🙂

  3. Yes, I’ve seen those, but I’ve never heard them referred to as “corrective.” That does change the perspective. Creepy!

    What’s with women always having to do battle in their underwear anyway? Video games, movies, etc Apparently women cannot be fully dressed when fighting. Last night I was watching a low budget one and the women actually tore her clothes off before finding a weapon and going after the bad guy. It cracked me up because it was so ridiculous. Anyway, as silly and pornulated as it is to always have women presented as doing battle in their bra and panties, I can see how it would present more freedom of movement than these corrective undies and other assorted bondage clothing. So yeah, besides being constantly tortured with uncomfortable underwear, it does render us unable to fight back effectively. Pretty much everything for women is designed with that in mind, from heels to corsets, to tight skirts and jeans that won’t let you kick.

  4. Ha ha ha. love this post. In my mother’s day it was the girdle. good grief. In my adolescence it was a garter belt and nylon stockings. All a fetish for men. Not much changes. These corrective devices are very much like my mother’s girdles. The 1950’s in a new key. You know in the 1950’s the playboy girl centerfolds were all shaved just like today.When they started showing public hair, it was a great scandal It is again!

  5. Hehe. Great post. I loved the point about wedding dresses – it’s so true!!!

    Also, I just discovered this series “Target Women” on youtube – Sarah is really funny. I hope you like it:

  6. omg! haha i like the one that you wear in your mouth. just what every woman needs! i bet you cant talk while wearing it either. bonus.

  7. Well-thought post, FCM. 🙂 The comments from female consumers are telling!

    besides being constantly tortured with uncomfortable underwear, it does render us unable to fight back effectively. Pretty much everything for women is designed with that in mind, from heels to corsets, to tight skirts and jeans that won’t let you kick.

    Maybe we should all start creating our own clothes independently- like an independent feminist clothing chain or something. Have some womyn ever tried to do that?

  8. Even the idea of wearing a bra is ‘torture’ to me…….never worn them, hate them and what they represent…..a form of correction for breasts……..
    My Ma wrapped herself in a boned corset all her life it was misery but she and her Mother were addicted to them…..as well as huge deep bras…so nothing moved, apart from them when possible….

  9. ybawife: wow, that’s just awful.

    Thanks for the post, it’s good to get reminders about how femininity practices are in themselves women-hating patriarchal instruments of torture, with the benefit of women seeming to do it to themselves – those orchestrating it and benefitting from it remaining totally invisible.
    We so urgently need to send the message somehow to young girls that feminity is nothing other than socialised and internalised violence against women, that they have no other aim but to destroy and annihilate us completely.

  10. speaking of bras, they (as well as “heavy backpacks” and shoulder bags) are known to cause a very painful and dangerous condition called “thoracic outlet syndrome.” i wrote about it at my place.

    http://factcheckme.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/thoracic-outlet-syndrome/

    now thats good misogyny! treating womens bodies LITERALLY AS IF we are mannequins, coat racks and hangers for clothing, without internal structures that can be harmed from pressure being applied from the outside.

  11. FCM, you’re the best. I am kind of worried about thoracic outlet syndrome because I inherited oversized breasts and I literally can’t go without wearing a bra, and for years I had to wear a size that was too small for me (the biggest in the department store x( )

    It’s so true.. It makes me so sick, to see the way women (sometimes literally with masochistic underwear) crush themselvesves in the hopes of pleasing men..

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