Monday, September 13, 2010

A Woman in Pants?!?

The strib has a fun little section in which they run old articles from issues past. And by old, I mean they're often 100+ years or so old.

Today's is especially fun, as it's an article from September 1883 discussing the ruckus arising from a woman wearing man's clothing.

It's not only humorous for the old timey language and the fact that people were upset over a woman wearing pants, but it's also a textbook example of our changing norms over time. Whereas once it was so scandalous for a woman to wear pants that it was an arrestable offense that makes the newspaper, now I would go so far as to argue it's almost even acceptable for women to wear pants.

Just a handy little example to remember the next time someone argues something has always been that way and will always be that way, because as intelligent and rational people, we know that's true about very, very few things...

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