Bikinis and underwear, are not the same

Although trivial, the question arouses a great deal of curiosity. When a girl goes to the beach, to a house with swimming pool or decides to sunbathe in the comfort of its roof, does not seem to have problem with that two small pieces of cloth cover its body. She takes photos alone or with friends and even shares them on her social networks. Generally, in these portraits he appears comfortable and smiling wearing a bikini, free of complexes and accepting the reality of his physical complexion as it is.

However, when it comes to underwear, his attitude changes like that of a lycanthrope discovered naked once, when the moon was hidden, his body reverted back to that of a human being. Constantly they check that no hidden clothing is out of place, they fear that the short of their dress exposes them and, if someone mistakenly opens the dressing room of the department store where they are changing, can result in one of the worst humiliations of their lifetime.

Why are differents the underwear from the bikinis?

We are talking about clothes of similar dimensions, which cover the same regions and that even there are bathing suits that by the thinness of their fabric become more revealing than underwear. Which leads us to identify a conceptual difference between both and with which perhaps the mystery is deciphered: will it be that the bikinis were created to teach and the underwear to cover?

The origin The modern bikini owes its creation to the need, but not to the hungry eyes of men to see more skin, but to the textile companies in the United States that saw their productions reduced during World War II. In fact, the government favored the new model to help textile companies ration the amount of cloth used. To revive the swimsuit industry and do it cost-effectively, the two French designers, Jacques Heim and Louis Réard, launched their versions of the two-piece swimsuit at the same time – the first one called it “atome” and The second “bikini” – in 1946.

Katya Foreman explains, in an article for the BBC why the bikini became a classic; Indicates that: “The evolution of bikini design traces the emancipation of women, as a symbol of freedom and security of their own body, with generations of iconic silver screen stars helping fuel their myth. Some memorable moments include the 1956 French film And God Created Woman, where everything that stood between the audience and the private parts of Brigitte Bardot were a tiny clipping of cloth and, of course, the moment of the white bikini with the first girl Bond, Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962) “.

The bikini fulfills the paradoxical mission to cover the body, but at the same time to teach it. So, by definition, a girl who wants to put it – let’s leave aside the insecurities of those who prefer a full bathing suit – wants to be seen. Even before the invention of the brassiere in 1913 by the New Yorker Mary Phelps Jacob, these garments were complete pieces that covered the whole body; They wore corsets to gird their waists and lift their breasts. Being honest, there was nothing that could cause them embarrassment to surprise them in these conditions, more horrible and uncomfortable clothes. But, just like bikinis, there is now a certain type of underwear that is conceived, designed and made to look at: lingerie. Sophisticated lace, garters, garters, stockings, bras, transparencies and openings that are fun with the imagination of the wearer and that person who has the fortune to remove them before or leave them during a sexual encounter.

So it also does not hold the hypothesis that the bikinis are to be seen and the underwear is not.

Perhaps it is necessary to go into other types of concepts deeper than the fabrics with which human beings are covered; The shame, for example. According to Psychology Today, this is a “feel
An uncomfortable experience that is experienced when a personal aspect results or threatens to be witnessed or revealed by others and we believe that this discovery will underestimate the image of us that, for whatever reason or reasons, we want to project in others. ”

This definition gives real light to the issue in question, since if a woman is sorry to see her in underwear this is because she does not intend to be so. Which gives rise to another important denomination that I did not want to mention so far. There is another adjective to call the garments that are usually worn under the outer layer of a garment: underwear. This, according to the Spanish Royal Academy is the “innermost or inner” quality of anything.