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Mini Skirt Monday #90: Minis in the News 1969

Miniskirt Diverts Legislators
DES MOINES - Jan.1969

Iowa’s House of Representatives devoted their maximum attention to a mini matter Wednesday -- Marsha's miniskirt to be exact. Attention tumed in that direction when Mrs. Dolores Abels, secretary to the chief clerk, suggested In an orientation session for new secretaries that they refrain from minis "for their pwn protection."

"I don’t feel that these young girls, some from small towns and not used to big city life, should be subjected to comments which I am certain will come," Mrs. Abels said.

And there was Marsha Thompson, 19, of Sioux Falls. S.D., all decked out in an orange minidress that stopped at about eight inches above her knee.

As word ol Mrs. Abels' suggestion spread, a number of legislators sprang to the defense of the mini, even one as "mini" as Marsha's. "I wlsh I could wear them," sighed State Sen. Charlene Conklin, R-Waterloo.

Finally, it was grandfather’s view which prevailed. Marsha is secretary to her grandfather, Rep. Leu Sanders, R- Estherville. Sanders said he saw nothing wrong with Marsha's mini, but because of the furor he might suggest that she lower her hemlines.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borrnan gave a cold-shoulder to aspiring femole astronauts. "I have never been one who felt it was required for women to go into space,” he said. “I don‘t look to the day when we will have female astronauts."

Borman, married with two children, was asked about the prospects at a press conference where he reported on the moon-circling flight he commanded two weeks ago. He now becomes deputy director of flight crew operations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Borman said women could apply for an astronaut job but he knew of none who were qualified. He said with “long hours and a low rate of pay I don't know why they should want to do it."

He held out some hope for women reporters accompanying a future space trip. "I don't know when the first reporters will go, but I hope they will wear mini-skirts," he joked.

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Miniskirt War Hits New Heights
MOSCOW- 06/26/1969

Russian girls who show their legs in the streets run a daily gauntlet of jeering bebushkas but one outraged Muscovite stlll claims he is "pursued everywhere by miniskirts."

The Soviet version ot the miniskirt is modest compared to London or New York. Few Russian girls dare display any thigh, and the micromini is reserved almost excluslvely for girls under 3.

But the Moscow miniskirt war has reached new hetghts, with heated debate ln the local press.

"Russian girls have reached the limit," said one letter in Literary Gazette. The paper said it was concealing the writer's identity "for obvluus reasons.”  Demanding that miniskirts be "restricted and forbidden." the writer continued: “There is no elegance in displaying kneecaps and the whole naked thigh. Wherever people sit in public places there is no way to shield the eyes. In the bus, in the park, in the theatre, on the streets. in the squares, at sea and on land - everywhere one is pursued by the mini."

The man claimed "emotions worked up in normal men over miniskirts are harmful." He dld not elaborate.

Literary Gazette writer, A. Raskin, replied, "Let's talk about this calmly, man to man. father to father . . . grandfather to grandfather." Rasktn said he is old and miniskirts don't appeal to him personally, but he stressed women should be free to choose whatever fashions they desire.
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Miniskirt Campaigning
BY JIM FEIBIG - 03/25/1969
Anyone not yet convinced that Sen. Edward Kennedy will challenge President Nixon in 1972 must not have noticed reports of an incident that occurred at a recent White House reception for members of Congress and their mates.

Mrs. Nixon, who apparently has her own ideas on beautifying America, suggested that women attending the reception wear long gowns. Understandably, most of the women complied.  Sen. Kennedy‘s wife, Joan, however, showed up in a glittering silver creation that ran out of materiel a full six inches above the knee.

The campaign has already begun - and its tone has been set.

Though it will be an unusual tactic for a Kennedy, the senator will gear his campaign toward capturing the votes of Amerlca's young and young at heart. He will attempt to depict himself as a heavy-haired, vibrant, full-of-life, got-all-my-tccth young man who offers thc nation its only hope against that old-fashioned, afraid-to-experiment, status quo fellow whose wife wears ankle-length gowns.  In fact, during the next four years we might even see a candid photo or two of Sen. Kennedy and his wife doing the bugaloo at a swinging nightclub-with both of them laughing like a couple of kids.

By reporting that White House incident, of course, I don’t mean to suggest any impropriety on the part of Mrs. Kennedy. All's fair in politics, even knees, But there is something even more intriguing in the thought of Mrs. Richard Nixon wearing a modest, ankle-length gown. Somehow, it makes me feel comfortable.
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Higher Hemlines Going Academic
By LINDA NIEMANN

High school classrooms are gradually belng lnvaded-not by anything from science fiction, but by the mlnlsklrt. Long a lavorlte of glrls out slde the classroom, the mini-sklrt is finding a place within the academic circle, although most area school admlnlstrations and many parents are squlrmlng
with the onset o! a new fall ‘fashion season. '

One representative of a local women's apparel shop, whlch reports qulte a blt ot hlgh school trade, sald that a majorlty of its skirts for fall are four inches above last year's length, putting them in the area of seven lnches above the knee.

The glrls haven’t got much choice, they are buying them, although most high school dress code regulations are setting somewhat stricter limitations on sldrt length. The one exception is James
Monroe High School, which thls week~paesed the most liberal dress code of all area schools. Measured from a kneellng position on the floor, girls who are 5~loot-6 or taller may have skirts 10 lnches above the knee; those below that helght may have skirts eight inches above the knee.

Whether these fashlon trends wlll be adopted at the other schools, will be decided during the coming year. At Spotsylvania Senior High School, Prlnclpal Harry E. Bibb, said that an SCA committee wtll work this year to make whatever changes are necessary. "The classroom ls not really the place for the miniskirt," Bibb said. "l don't know if there is a place for it (the mlnlsklrt) or not," he added.

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By PATRICIA ECDAVIS

NEW YORK - Italian film star Gina Lollobrigida calmly smoothed a wrinkle in her flamlng red crocheted see-tluough dress and commented that mini-skirts are "vulgar. . . there is nothing left for the imagination. I think in a mini you can't look like a lady," added the actress long noted for her plunging neckllnes. “They show too much. . . the poor men, they have nothing left to discover."

The curvaceous star - who obviously could do for a mini what few wnmen can - also admitted that her 11 year-old son Milko's disapproval of a miniskirted mother also influenced her. “He says: ‘No minis,’ so I don’t wear."

4 comments:

  1. Astronaut Frank Borman suggests a mini-skirt without gravity. What a great idea!

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  2. There was a teacher at my high school who wore a skirt as short as the young lady next to the astronaut cutout. I was instantly in love/lust. I found out she was 10 years older than I was at the time (18). (I never had the good fortune to be one of her students). Many years later, I found out she moved to the city I currently live in. I saw her by chance in a store with her husband. She was wearing a dress that stopped just short of her knees. Even at her age at the time (62) she could still pull off wearing something delightful to male viewers.

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  3. There was a teacher at my high school who wore a skirt as short as the young lady next to the astronaut cutout. I was instantly in love/lust. I found out she was 10 years older than I was at the time (18). (I never had the good fortune to be one of her students). Many years later, I found out she moved to the city I currently live in. I saw her by chance in a store with her husband. She was wearing a dress that stopped just short of her knees. Even at her age at the time (62) she could still pull off wearing something delightful to male viewers.

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  4. There was a teacher at my high school who wore a skirt as short as the young lady next to the astronaut cutout. I was instantly in love/lust. I found out she was 10 years older than I was at the time (18). (I never had the good fortune to be one of her students). Many years later, I found out she moved to the city I currently live in. I saw her by chance in a store with her husband. She was wearing a dress that stopped just short of her knees. Even at her age at the time (62) she could still pull off wearing something delightful to male viewers.

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