Happy Monday Chick Swagger gang!! Hope you USA chicks and roosters survived the 4th of July festivities!
Today we are fortunate to be enlightened and entertained by the lovely and talented Avery Flynn who’s crashing our party to give us a down and dirty lingerie history lesson. I’ve known Avery for a few years now, and she’s always game for a little smack-talk and man-ogling, so be sure to challenge her with any questions you have!
And make sure you enter to win a fabulous gift pack (see below) as part of her blog tour for her recently released paranormal romance novella, JAX AND THE BEANSTALK ZOMBIES!!
Yay, Avery! Share your magic…
Thanks so much for letting me get my swagger on. It’s like wearing the most divinely trashy underwear under a conservative suit. Not that I’ve ever done that. No way.
But that does bring up the power that comes with lingerie. Wearing something lacy or sheer or leopard print under my clothes always puts an extra bounce in my step. And I’m not alone.
Lingerie simply means linen, but the term has always carried a little extra umph in the English language. The French word has just the wispy haze of the naughty attached to it. Come on, say it out loud. Go ahead. I’ll wait. ……. Yep, it gave you a little shiver didn’t it? Bonus points if you looked around before you whispered it.
“While the actual term lingerie was not in widespread use until the late 1850s, lingerie as it implies general underclothing has a rich and elaborate history that consistently switches between the feminine and boyish as well as the painful and practical. From the laced corset “wasp waists” and “false buttocks” to the uplifted busts of the early 1990 supermodels, lingerie has helped define what it means to look beautiful while at the same time revealing a great deal about a society’s cultural and political values. The history of lingerie, then, is a history of gendered fashion, power and sexuality.” – Fashion Clinic
My Google Fu skills failed me in looking for studies looking at lingerie and power but I did find some really fun lingerie statistics from Random Facts:
- The average American woman owns approximately 21 pairs of underwear. Approximately 10% of women own over 35 pairs. – Quick go look, how many do you own?
- Trend analysts observe that a woman who wears a g-string is typically a woman who feels more uninhibited and more confident to display her body. Sexually, she is more willing to try different and creative positions. – Also, she has a high tolerance for wedgies.
- Sexual researchers note that a woman who chooses to wear white cotton panties tends to be a low maintenance and a no-frills type of woman. Researchers note that this is akin to letting a man see her without makeup. – I’d counter that with the fact that white always makes my butt look bigger and not in that bounce-a-quarter-off-it way.
- Underwear has been used to make rebellious fashion statements. For example, in 1780, Marie Antoinette shocked France by wearing chemise dresses at court. Previously, the chemise was worn only as underwear. – Rocking the underwear on the outside way before Madonna saw her first cone bra.
- Ten percent of American women have confessed to occasionally having gone commando to avoid visible panty lines. – Or they’re wearing yoga pants.
So does having a layer of sheer lace between your skin and clothes give you a power rush?
Don’t let the fun end now. Enter to win a JAX AND THE BEANSTALK ZOMBIES prize pack (including a Shaun of the Dead DVD, zombie hunting license and more) from Avery Flynn and a $25 Amazon gift card!
Jax and the Beanstalk Zombies by Avery Flynn
“I loved this story.” – -Darynda Jones, NY Times Bestselling Author
“4 stars. Snappy, smart, thoroughly romantic.” – RT Book Reviews
“This is Jack and the Beanstalk smexified, zombified and all grown up.” – Elisabeth Staab, Bestselling Author
The treasure hunter… Veronica Kwon is determined to be the only person in control of her destiny. After surviving a broken engagement and turning her back on her wealthy manipulative father, she’s started a treasure hunting company and is ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
The ex-fiance… Jax Taylor is a Southern charmer with enough sex appeal to melt the polar ice caps. He disappeared three months before their wedding and swore he’d never cross paths with Veronica again.
The magic beanstalk… Brought together again by their dying mentor, who has found three enchanted beans, Veronica and Jax agree to an uneasy partnership. Together they’ll climb a magic beanstalk to the cloud kingdom, but will their destiny be the riches they so desire, the passion they thought dead…or will the undead get them first?
Avery Flynn has three slightly wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.
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So are you a white undies kind of girl, a thong chick, or a depends-on-my-mood woman?