A Chicagoland event featuring brassieres, corsets and all things women wear all under had an interesting attendance rule: girls only! But one man has changed that…
The event – to take place at the Lake Villa District Library on January 20 features Ellie Carlson, an expert on historical clothing who has curated many museum exhibitions. She will host a conversation called, “Unmentionables: The Rise and Fall of Ladies Underwear.” Carlson told a news source (link to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-talk-ladies-underwear-0110-20110109,0,7843557.story) that she wants women of a certain age to feel comfortable enough to talk and ask questions… hence the desire for a female only attendance rule.
Carlson’s presentation will include examples of historical undergarments and she’ll talk about their evolution as well as facts and myths on what women really wore in the 1800s and even further back.
Well a man named Rob Sherman from Buffalo Grove, a nearby suburb, who according to the Chicago Tribune (link to: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-underwearlecture,0,7730065.story) is “best known as an atheist who protests what he sees as the intrusion of religion into government,” has reversed the women-only request. After the original Chicago Tribune article ran, Sherman called Carlson to complain and as a result the library is now allowing anyone, even men, to attend. Carlson told the paper, “their presence may put a damper on the discussion.”
Sounds like it could be a “heated” night.
Carlson is a “Road Scholar” for the Illinois Humanities Council.
If you live in the Chicago area and want to attend, call 847-356-7711 or go to http://www.lvdl.orgto reserve a spot. But keep in mind, men attempting to register have already been turned away – it’s truly women only.