Beyond boxers or briefs:
Undergarments vary much more than the current styles we find in the nearest haberdashery
department or at Victoria's Secret
. Mormons have the temple garment
, the next bold step after pantaloons
. But throughout modern Western history, women tended to wear dress-like undergarments
, (with or without
accompanying drawers) though both 19th century men
wore the union suit, an earlier type of long-johns.
Of course, there's always the earliest of them all, the loincloth, worn by the ancient Egyptians
. Similar is the malo worn
by some Pacific Islanders, the Japanese fundoshi
(warning: excess of manflesh), and the more elaborate Indian dhoti
, the male companion to the sari.
And we mustn't forget the bra! Though not a lower-body garment, it has had a long--if tumultuous
worthy of quick mention
posted by lychee
on Jan 30, 2005 -
Disney cast members no longer have to wear dirty underwear.
Apparently those Mickey and Goofy suits come complete with a set of undergarments that the employee had to wear, and turn in at the end of the day to be laundered -- that was the plan, anyway. Turns out those undergarments weren't being washed thoroughly. "Some workers had complained about getting pubic lice and scabies. 'Things have been passed around,' said Gary Steverson, a stilt walker at Animal Kingdom. 'I know I don't want to share my tights and I don't want to share my underwear.'"
posted by RylandDotNet
on Jun 7, 2001 -