Last night, after Mitt Romney made a comment about “binders full of women,” social media took the unintentionally hilarious phrase and ran with it - a tumblr has already been created.  

ln keeping with Romney’s idea that women are simply stored in paper documents, Brainpickings has posted a list of twelve rules dated 1943 (possibly found in a binder somewhere) that any decent woman should follow. 

  1. Women shall not appear on the streets of this village with dresses that are too tight in those places which provoke the evil passions of men.
  2. They must never wear dresses that are too short.
  3. They must be particularly careful not to wear dresses that are low-cut in front.
  4. It is shameful for women to walk in the streets with short sleeves.
  5. Every woman who appears in the streets must wear stockings.
  6. Women must not wear transparent or network cloth over those parts which decency requires to be covered.
  7. At the age of twelve girls must begin to wear dresses that reach to the knee, and stockings at all times.
  8. Little boys must not appear in the streets with their upper legs bare.
  9. Girls must never walk in out-of-the-way places because to do so is both immoral and dangerous.
  10. No decent woman or girl is ever seen on a bicycle.
  11. No decent woman is ever seen wearing trousers.
  12. What they call in the cities ‘modern dancing’ is strictly forbidden.

Some of those don’t sound too different from things women are told today - if you don’t want to be harassed, don’t wear a short dress, don’t walk by yourself late at night, don’t display cleavage if you don’t want people to look at it, etc.

 

Images via bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com & nikahayes.blogspot.com

Tagged in: women, vintage, Mitt Romney, forties, fashion, dress   

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