Thursday, February 7, 2008

I fancied myself in idea his wife

What was it about governesses that made them such an object of contention in Victorian times? I think they were the embodiment of women who were outside of the norm. They weren't mothers, yet had sexuality. They weren't married, yet had their own income.

They were also beholden to the family for whom they worked. Less than wives, more than servants, they eked out independent existences in the houses of the rich... But they were dangerous, because they might catch the attention of the master, and already had the control of the children...

The same strange trope of the dangerous governess is centuries old...we saw it in Jane Eyre, and we can see it even now in movies like The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.

Of course, control had to be applied to a governess's dress. If so much as a button was undone, the governess could be sent packing to her ailing mother. And yet...isn't there a sense that the clothes were simply holding back an untamed sexuality? The more that was covered, the more that could potentially be revealed.

My avatar's sexuality today lies in the unkempt hair, the narrow tidy nip of the waist, and the carefully concealed skin.

***Hair: /artilleri/ Jami *black*
***Skin: Tete a Pied (now renamed Fleur!) vivant Boudoir 1 (cream)
***Earrings: ::Violet Voltaire:: spider cameo earrings
***Cameo tie: ~silentsparrow~ from the Emma set on super sale in the sewers!
***Undershirt: Heart Cupcakes *<3C!* White Lacy Shirt
***Shirt: *FI* First Impressions Dress Shirt - store freebie
***Jacket: (forms dress waist) /artilleri/ hanna highwaist skirt
***Prim skirt, glitch pants, gloves: Draconic Kiss Ghost of Christmas Future limited edition
***Bracelets: ::Violet Voltaire:: gank bracelets in black


Unknown said...

There is a great novel about this same subject. One of my favorite books, "The Crimson Petal and the White" Nice literature, fashion tie in.

Auntykuro said...

Ooh -- I want! In fact, I'll hunt it right down!

Thank you for reading / commenting, that's totally informative.