post #21 of 35
6/29/07 at 7:42pm
I used to do a lot of historic museum performance, and my costume included a mid-19th century hoop skirt. For some reason whenever we had Russian/Eastern European visitors (particularly elderly woman), they would just lift up my hoops skirt to see what was underneath. (Hello! There are a pair of legs and a butt under here, what did you think?) I was shocked at first, but then I learned to laugh and explain that 19th century women don't like their lower bodies looked at. I think it made me more tolerant of the belly-touching phenomenom!