Friday, March 8, 2013 – "International Women’s Day" (Except in the United States!)

March 7, 2013 under News

by David, United States

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Soviet poster saying “8th of March is the Rebellion Day of Female Workers against enslavement in the kitchen. The end to oppression and redundancy of household chores.”

"A Promise is a Promise : Time for Action to end Violence against Women" is the official UN theme for tomorrow’s  International Women’s Day; "The Gender Agenda – Gaining Momentum" is the IWD 2013’s chosen theme.

International Women’s Day was observed for the first time in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than a million women got involved, and the push was for women’s right to vote, hold public office, get vocational training, and receive unemployment rights.

 

Alexandra Kollontai, Bolshevik activist, convinced Vladimir Lenin to declare International Women’s Day an official Russian holiday in 1912.

 

The women of International Women’s Day in Russia were active in protesting World War I, and in 1917 went on strike  for "Peace and bread"  on the last Sunday in February  which was March 8 on the Gregorian calendar. Several days later the Czar abdicated and the provisional government granted Russian women the right to vote.

 

Over the years the political protest nature of the holiday faded in Russia, and today it is their combination of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day – men all over Russia buy gifts, flowers, and candy for the women in their lives. It is an official Russian holiday, and dearly loved in the hearts of its people.

 

Initially International Women’s Day was celebrated primarily in the Soviet Bloc and socialist nations.

Today International Women’s Day is an official holiday in the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia,
  • China (for women only)
  • Cuba, Georgia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Eritrea
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Macedonia (for women only)
  • Madagascar (for women only)
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Nepal (for women only)
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

It was never adopted as a holiday in the USA; presumably because of its Soviet Bloc and socialist country origins. However, thousands of USA women have embraced the day, and huge events are planned in the larger American cities, especially the Big Apple – big rally, big march, and a cocktail party at the Empire Room in the Empire State Building !!! (Make mine a double!)

Happy International Women’s day to all you ladies – whether or not your country has endorsed it!

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Men and Lingerie Stores – response to Hosiery Advocate’s blog post

September 14, 2012 under Boys

This is a response to the blog post by Hosiery Advocate – Should (lingerie) stores be required to hire men?

Situation re-visited:

If a man applies to work in a lingerie store and gets declined because of his gender, is this wrong?

I called Employment Standards BC, they said “possibly” and refused to say anything else.

I called Human Rights BC, they also said “possibly”, and told me that if Eugene wants an answer, he should take this case to court or at least submit it for review.

So as you see, it’s a grey area.  However, most likely stores would suffer because some female clients would not feel comfortable shopping there.  I did a post on that before where I asked some women I knew about their comfort level.

Jessica and Jenna Talackova posing together at Vancouver Gay Pride Parade 2012

August 5, 2012 under News

Jenna Talackova is now a celebrity, admired by many, especially by the LGBT crowd.  She makes it look so effortless and fun, but in fact she had to put up quite a fight in order to be what she is – a woman.  Jenna began hormone therapy at 14 and had her final operation at 19.  For the reason that she wasn’t born woman, she got disqualified from a beauty pageant, but fought her way back in with Donald Trump’s help.  Now she has plans to do a campaign for PETA.

 

I am so excited to pose with Jenna Talackova!  She was so nice and she said that she’ll get a chance to strike a good pose for me.  I really like her.  She was the highlight of my day, that’s for sure.  The lady in the picture is most likely her mom, at least that’s what one of the guys told me from Out TV.

  

More photos of hosiery at Vancouver Pride Parade:

A drag queen in blue fishnet pantyhose encasement and striped rainbow socks.  She enjoyed the attention and agreed to pose for me.  Thank you!

This lady was advocating against circumcision. She had a sexy lace mini dress with black lingerie and stay up stockings under. I asked why she decided to wear lingerie and she said because she wanted to do something fun for Pride!

I thought that these white over the knee socks were cool. Can I find some for myself? I snapped a picture while this woman was talking to someone from one of the booths at the parade.

This girl was wearing patterned fishnets an I thought she looked very cute, so I ran after her to snap a secret picture for my blog. The weather was way too hot for hosiery that day.

This boy was dressed as a woman, wearing opaque pantyhose. I think he was straight because his girlfriend was with him. I asked to take a photo and he shook off some dry grass stuck to his hosiery from his legs – turned out he went for a roll in the grass like that. I wondered why he didn’t wear sheer hosiery in such weather, but he admitted that he has to wear opaque because his legs are not shaved. My conversation came to an end when I suggested to try on sheer hosiery because it’s more sexy and his girlfriend snarled at me “he’s already sexy”.

This cute crossdresser was lip singing to a song and putting on quite a show. I noticed that she was wearing pantyhose and her control top would show when she’d bend over to pick something up. Well, my sharp eye also spotted a little run in her hosiery, but that’s OK – her great dancing compensated for it!

This drag queen was very happy that I wanted to take a picture of her fishnets. She had an elaborate hair piece and people were focused on that. However, she also admitted that her shoes broke, so that’s why she’s wearing sneakers.

These boys were posing together for a picture. One in white pantyhose in the middle and two in black pantyhose on the sides. I think that the middle person had something to do with the Wizard of Oz theme, at least I got to pose with a “Dorothy” earlier from the same fairy tale.

That’s me, grabbing balloons!

This lovely maid posed for a photo. She was wearing fishnet pantyhose with her outfit. Cute!

 

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Jenna Talackova is giving interview for Out TV at Vancouver Pride 2012

August 5, 2012 under Famous

I saw her giving an interview for Out TV, of course, I couldn’t hear what she was saying, but I tried to film her pretty face anyway.  She’s beautiful!

Jenna wasn’t born with this name.  It used to be Eugene, and “Page” in between.  It’s hard to believe that this long-legged woman was not born female!

Some sources say that she has Czech descent, some say that she is aboriginal.  But most sources point that her family is from northern British Columbia First Nation community.  It’s quite surprising to see her with blond hair like that, most native people here look very different.  Oh well, she’s unique!  But my opinion is that she is the most optimized hybrid of two descents.

 

 

 

 

 

Jenna Talackova and Wonder Girls

August 4, 2012 under Famous

One of the stars of the gay parade this year is Jenna Talackova, a local Vancouver’s transgendered beauty who fought for her right to be in the beauty contest.  She got disqualified at some point for not being born a woman.

Turns out that she is a big fan of Korean music.  On this photo she is posing with Wonder Girls and in one of her interviews she mentioned that she looked up to Harisu, Korean transgender pop star.

Why would a young woman of Czech descent look up to Koreans?  I guess since she was born in a city like Vancouver, with so many foreign influences, just about any ethnic combination is possible.  She is very unique in her ways and I admire her for that.

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Wolford: can men work at the boutique?

June 21, 2012 under Boys, Wolford

Wolford Boutique in Soho

Recently there was a post on Hosiery Advocate’s blog about him feeling that Wolford doesn’t wish to hire male staff.  Eugene, the Hosiery Advocate, even went as far as writing them a letter.

I was in the area, so I walked in and asked about that.  The lady working there told me that they have no problem with hiring men.  However, she did mention that some female customers would rather have another female assist them with the change room.

It seems to me that Wolford may lose sales if their customers are not comfortable wtih the sales staff.  At least when I try something on I ask the sales girl to come over and look so I can be confident that this is the proper fit.   If it’s lingerie, for sure I’d prefer female staff to check the fit.

I used to know a guy in Toronto who brought in a line of Latvian lingerie.  He distributed it to stores, but he also had a retail location where I went with  my mom for shopping.  There was a change room, but he obviously didn’t offer “assistance” beyond the curtain.  I don’t know for what reason, but his business closed down eventually.

Have you ever seen men assisting women in lingerie stores with change rooms (ex. Victoria Secret, La Senza, and so on)?

What is your opinion on this?  Would it hurt Wolford’s sales if they would hire male staff to assist clients at the boutique?

I asked for some opinions and most people seemed to think along the same lines as Jenny from United States who agreed to share her response with us.

“I would definitely feel weird if a guy tried to help me make a purchase at a Wolford store or Victoria Secret. It would say to me that he has a fetish for hosiery or lingerie, and that’s not the kind of person I want standing a foot away from me while I pick out my undergarments. My guess is that most women would feel the same way, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

On the pantyhose forum there were also mentions about the fact that men and women react differently in the same situation when it comes to a sales person of an opposite gender.  Another man stated that he saw gay men working at lingerie stores and women didn’t mind, they just perceived them as one of the girls.

I even consulted two women at work about this matter.  One lady said that for sure she would prefer female staff since they have the same anatomy, but she made an exception – drag queens are OK!  Another young woman said that she doesn’t mind men at all because even her gynecologist is male, she knows what she likes and all she doesn’t require any assistance or assurance in the changeroom.

Let’s say, so far from my little research most of the time both genders would say that lingerie stores should continue to hire only women.  Is this discrimination or not?  I remember that one time a professor told me that equality is a concept that generates a lot of confusion and is often misunderstood.  Perhaps Wolford is also having that dilemma.

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Fetish and Dating advice from Juicy Life

April 24, 2012 under Love

I had a pleasure to talk about dating with a sexual health educator, Jane Langton, from a Juicy Life.  She is a friendly person with a modern outlook on sexuality.  I decided to ask her about common questions that I get through this blog.

Since this blog is about hosiery, we get a lot of male visitors who have a fetish for pantyhose or stockings and are sometimes afraid to admit to it when they start dating.

Due to the nature of the garment, most of hosiery fetishists are male, but advice given in this article is applicable to any gender.

 

When is it best to tell the partner about your sexual preferences and fetishes, right away or when there is already a deep emotional attachment?  Sometimes I get people telling me that their wife does not want to share their sexual preferences and that causes a lot of tension in the family.

 Jane’s Answer:

It is more challenging to introduce something that is considered by some as kinky later on in the relationship.  We don’t always have the courage to tell our partner who we really are, so we open up later. 

Don’t be upset if the partner is not comfortable with this new addition to your repertoire, because you didn’t tell them upfront about your preference.  Be mindful of their thoughts and put yourself in their shoes. 

Being honest is important.  If your partner is committed to being with you, you can take it slowly and introduce things, create a way to express your fetish in a way that appeals to both of you.Checking in along the way. Explore together.

Take small steps.  It also helps to do research together. It can be fear preventing  your partner from saying “yes” to something out of their comfort zone.  They don’t know what it means if their male partner is wearing stockings.

In fact, it doesn’t mean anything.  It is exploration, role-playing, and it’s normal.  It doesn’t imply their sexuality or gender at all.  For example, look at the Kinsey scale that was created by Albert Kinsey in 1948 to represent sexuality, 0 being heterosexual and 6 being homosexual.  According to Kinsey many of us are between 1 and 5 and not are not 0 or 6!  Also, within our lifetime, we will change. Our preferences will change.  So do your best to be honest with your partner early on in your relationship and most importantly have fun!

 

Please visit Jane’s website for more information about her.  She has a free newsletter and an online store full of fun products for your bedroom.  Even though she is Vancouver based, she offers virtual sessions over skype or phone to people from other areas.

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I asked for an opinion from men who have a fetish and it looked like all of them (those who answered me, of course) agreed with Jane about honesty being the best policy.  Here is what they said.

What do you think?  Do you tell your partner about your sexual preferences upfront?  Can our peers offer some dating advice?

Gentleman A

To me it just seems like common sense. If you’re trying to be in a stable relationship, 100% honesty is key. If you’re just in it for the sex… well, it’s only logical to admit to a fetish.  Either way it’s not only a good idea to be up front, it’s quite important to.

I told my wife about my fetishes (I have foot fetish as well as a pantyhose fetish) early on when we were dating.  She wasn’t put off at all; she was rather intrigued by it.  She asked me questions and I was open and honest. Our sex life was better off for it, as was our emotional attachment to each other.

Gentleman B

Your relationship with a particular woman needs to be honest and sincere. Your true feelings for her – (sexually and non sexually) need and should come first!  Early on your dating/courtship, it should surface. Don’t be forceful, rude, or anything like that. From her point of view, a pantyhose fetish can be welcomed, as long as it’s not extreme.  Good luck.

 Gentleman C

I have always expressed it within the first couple of dates.  Never had anyone freak out or leave me because of it.  Most are really accepting.

 Gentleman D

You’d be surprised of the number of ladies I’ve dated and shared my fetish and love of pantyhose on women. I’d usually tell them about it, right after the first sexual encounter.
I learned early:  first satisfy a women in bed and she’ll be most willing to satisfy your every wish.  Within reason, of course.  When sharing my fetish, many were aroused by the thought and some had some kinky wishes, too.  I’ve never had any bad experiences in sharing this with women I’ve dated.  All in all, it’s been a lot of fun and I’d do it all again.

 Gentleman E

As long as you trust her, have genuine feelings for her and truly want be with her and she feels the same way about you, by all means tell her about your fetish before it’s too late. Not when proposing or after marriage. Common sense prevails.

 Gentleman F

I’m upfront with the women I date, and they all are fine with it. Best to be honest with them about it, and if they like you, then they would be more than happy to wear pantyhose for you.

 

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