This weekend, I found myself engaged in an impassioned conversation over Twitter with several women, among them Australia’s “Bra Queen” Renee Mayne, about a 2004 Elle MacPherson Intimates ad which resurfaced online. The image, which was reportedly made for print, magazine and newspaper ads in Australia, depicts a woman in lingerie, thigh-high stockings and high heels lying on a shag rug on the floor. The photo is snapped either through a mirror or a door, only showing the woman from her shoulders down as she lays on the ground. Her head, which is hung down or bent over, is hidden from view. Given her headless-ness, it’s fairly objectifying as far as lingerie images go —compared with, say, Victoria’s Secret ads which depict smiling women looking directly into the camera.
My main complaint about the ad was that it’s voyeuristic. As a viewer, you’re not entirely sure the subject is aware she’s being photographed while sexily dressed because the image was taken either through a door or a mirror. That’s too creepy for my liking. But a lot of women saw this ad and thought it implied a victim of rape or domestic abuse. Keep reading »
It was just a matter of time before the sound-activated technology people used to turn lights on and off in the ’80s would be applied to our undergarments. The possibilities are endless with artist Randy Sarafan’s Clap-Off Bra. Seriously, you just clap your hands and the tit sling falls right off. Just think: Inexperienced teenage boys will never have to suffer the embarrassment of fumbling with a hard-to-open clasp again. And women who are too lazy to take their bras off before bed will never wake up with another underwire injury. Strip teases will be done in record time. The whole world will be different! You can even learn how to make your own if you’re savvy like that. Because bras are complicated sometimes…even for those of us who wear them regularly. Now let’s sing: Clap on! Clap off! Clap on, clap off your bra! [Betabeat]
Thanks to some very intimate prodding and squeezing by a Nordstrom lingerie specialist, I know my bra size is 36F, although sometimes 38E might be a better choice, and then there’s that one brand in which a 34D is the only size that works, and another which will barely contain my breasts even if I venture into the G cups. Don’t even get me started on how I have two bras of the exact same size, style, and brand, and one of them fits perfectly while the other’s underwire cuts into my armpit like a slow, ineffectual assassin. The moral of this story? Bra sizes are a ridiculous, confusing mess. After eight years of research, Jockey has announced a new solution: 55 new bra sizes. Say whaaaat? Keep reading »
Victoria’s Secret is not happy with model Kylie Bisutti. Earlier this week, Bisutti, who says she left modeling to focus on her Christianity, says she was harshly treated by the lingerie brand. After winning a VS Angel modeling competition in 2009, Bisutti says she was floored by the way the brand treated women. Now she’s written a novel called I’m No Angel, which chronicles her VS days. On Wednesday, The New York Post ran an excerpt from Angel, in which Bisutti details how she “felt like a piece of meat.” Keep reading »
Most of us have a lingerie drawer that’s overflowing with bras that serve a very specific purpose, from making our breasts look three sizes bigger than they actually are to smashing them into an immovable uni-boob for our trips to the gym. A great comic called “Bras We Have Known” has been making the rounds on Tumblr, and it illustrates each of these trusty undergarments, for example, “The Workhorse,” shown above. After the jump, check out three more types of bras you almost certainly own… Keep reading »
We’ve all heard/seen/experienced that moment of horror when there’s a blood stain on your pants. Whether it happened at the grocery store or in front of your besties, it’s kinda embarrassing. But have no fear, a new line of underwear has been developed to prevent that from ever happening again! Enter Thinx: a “period underwear” company started by 3 young women. The company’s slogan is: “Underwear for the 21st century. No more worries or embarrassment — just full support and style!”. The line of underwear starts at $28 and goes all the way to $78 for the fanciest pair. They range from the every day hip hugger style to special shapewear ones with two mini heating pad inserts. Wait…what?! This pair of panties has a secret compartment for heating pads?! Yes, this $68 “Shapewear Comfy Thinx” design has 2 heating pad compartments. Read more…
When it comes to colostomy bags and other necessary medical equipment, there tends to be a shortage in the “pretty” department. Of course, items like these are not intended to look sexy; therefore, they are not made to look sexy. But what about women who want to feel beautiful in every way, including with their required devices? This was the same question that 23-year-old James Shutt of Hereford, England, asked himself after realizing that colostomy bag users are actually getting younger each year.
As a result of his curiosity, Shutt spoke with teenage colostomy users to gain a better perspective on the topic. Since many users reported feeling self-conscious or unsexy about their medical item when getting intimate with a partner, or are afraid of leaving their spare bags and cleaning kids behind if they stay at a partner’s home. Read more…
Sure, “sexy” is highly subjective. And if you like any or all of the lingerie found in this gallery, go wild. I just happen to think some of it looks highly painful/questionable/ridiculous. Click through and decide.
Every Valentine’s Day involves a new barrage of “sexy” lingerie offerings, from lacy teddies to complicated themed costumes. But what do guys really think of these skimpy bedroom outfits? To find out, we asked a bunch of our guy friends to weigh in on six very different V-Day lingerie options and assign each one a sexiness rating from 1-10 (1 being not sexy, 10 being super sexy). Last year’s Man Panel revealed that a large portion of the male population is harboring a serious “Fifth Element” fetish. What will this year’s answers reveal? Read on for a hilarious peek inside the minds of men!