Sense and sensuality

An ‘important information’ announcement: I will be away in Berlin for ALL of July. I am currently taking advance bookings for My return to London in August.

On the subject of lovely things I recently went to visit The V&A lingerie exhibition Undressed, what a curious experience that was. I have to admit that I don’t find time to visit London’s many wonderful galleries and museums as often as I would like, when I do manage to do so I find myself marvelling at the beautiful spaces and the rich cultural array on offer. I visited the The V&A’s ‘Undressed’ exhibition with a friend, who like Myself is a huge fan of lingerie. Those of you who know me can attest that I’m a complete sucker for a nicely fashioned piece of sheer fabric, the silky feel of a well fitted undergarment or the sensuality of a padded and sculpted uplift: whether on my own or someone else’s body.

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 Mini slip, ivory silk satin with machine stitched lace, designed by Janet Reger, Great Britain, 1996. (V&A collection)

As my friend and I approached this exhibition with quite some excitement and enthusiasm I have to say we were both disappointed by what we found there. Offering the promise that we might ‘Discover the fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day’, we weren’t a difficult audience to entice. But once inside I found that My friend sighed often while walking around the rather unispiringly arranged exhibition. ‘Are you alright?’ I asked her, to which she replied ‘Yes, although I have to admit I was expecting a little more‘. I felt sad for her, if it’s possible she is even more of a lingerie lover than Myself and while the show contained many very finely crafted and historically curious items, the way that the items where displayed did absolutely nothing for them.

There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the exhibition, none of the ways that could have added a narrative, theme or method of engagement were utulised, in fact the overall design of the show left Me thinking the curator might have a great future ahead of them organising the shop floor of Primark. In addition it seemed that there had been a fear that the general public might become overwhelmed  with lust while contemplating the arousing possibilities of the undergarments on display as all effort had been made to ERASE any sexiness from the show. Sad times!

On a MUCH happier note I see that the feminist pornographer Pandora Blake has won her appeal against ATVOD. Well done Pandora for adding a fierce and intelligent voice to the debate on censorship and what more interesting and fairly produced porn could look like.  You may wish to check out Pandora’s site ‘Dreams of Spanking’.

While we’re on the subject of politics, here’s a link a wonderful TED talk on the laws that sex workers really want

Have a fabulous summer everyone!

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