6/3/12

Mini Skirt Monday #115: The Upskirt Prevention Pose


One drawback for women during the heyday of the miniskirt was the constant danger of giving a guy an eyeful every time you sat down.  Even worse, sitting for a picture could easily become an unseemly memorial to your undergarments.  God knows, the skirts of the early seventies were short enough standing fully erect - sitting they became shorter, and without proper coverage you were exposed for the whole world to see.

Thus, the Upskirt Prevention Pose: that almost reflexive action of placing hands over the danger zone when seated.  Sure, women still exercise it today, but in the early seventies it was epidemic.  If you were a girl in 1972 and forgot for a brief second to assume the position - BAM! - a tragic upskirt for all within the cone of sight.  Heaven forbid, someone has a Kodachrome.

So, this post is a reminder of something most ladies don't have to worry about anymore.  Let this be a testament to their diligence and tireless duty to observe the Upskirt Prevention Pose.



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5  They seem to all be pointing to Senegal, but the only gal I notice is the one in the miniskirt.  (Sorry.  Just be glad I didn't make a joke about Djibouti.)
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8  Remember when ladies wore gloves? That fashion trend died out completely, never to return.

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10-11  Stewardesses (correction: flight attendants) don't have need for the Upskirt Prevention Pose anymore since most wear man-slacks.

12 This crappy torn little picture is full size - don't bother trying to enlarge.  I just had to include it though - it's so wonderfully odd.

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16  Recognize this film? A free subscription to Retrospace to anyone who answers correctly.

17  (Look it's those strange tops again)  And I'm not sure those are miniskirts..... close enough.

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I thought it was important to include this example from an ad in LOOK magazine.  Obviously, professional shots are planned and choreographed precisely - thus, they typically don't have the spur-of-the-moment Upskirt Prevention Pose.  Yet, in the era of the mini, you still encountered the same problems as you would with candid Polaroids.  Thus, photographers had to get creative, make it look nonchalant, or use different angles.


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36   Wow. Even while being back handed, she remembers to cover up.  That's impressive.

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Note: I've shrunk a lot of these photos because I'm always worried it will take forever to load on your browser.  Let me know if you have this problem - or let me know if you don't, and I'll just make'm all big.  Remember, you can always click on them to view full size - but that gets to be a pain in the ass after a while.

40-41   Looks like this guy is exercising the male version of the Upskirt Prevention Pose. I commend you, sir. Guy creases and bulges are best fully covered.


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Of course, an alternative to the Upskirt Prevention Pose is to just cross your legs.... but that, my friends, is a theme for another Monday.

17 comments:

  1. Lenny BanterJune 04, 2012

    I am guessing that the film is The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery. Not one of the best St Trinian's films but certainly better than the modern ones.

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  2. Picture 51 illustrates that the Upskirt Prevention Pose may not necessarily exclude the possibility of pancakes!

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    1. AnonymousJune 04, 2012

      Totally agree... But surely that picture must be from the eighties?

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  3. Pic 21, the lovely brunette at the far right forgot the memo and gives us an eyeful. I agree that 51 smells like pancakes but so does 12, for some reason.

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  4. Lovely, can't wait for the legs crossed in minis post!

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  5. Pluche and Jerome beat me to it, but my god do I smell pancakes on the griddle in #51!

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  6. AnonymousJune 04, 2012

    Okay, ladies, if any are out there, reading this: a woman sits down, crosses her legs so her skirt (not necessarily a mini) rides up, showing off a substantial amount of thigh. Is she showing off, or just being comfortable and doesn't care? I really want to know so I can use the proper etiquette.

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  7. AnonymousJune 04, 2012

    I've had the good fortune to see FA's wearing short skirts and not using the upskirt prevention pose. Of course, they were on the airline I wasn't using.

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  8. AnonymousJune 04, 2012

    Number 43 looks like Wooderson the painter. "Just a little more burnt sienna right here and all right, all right, lookin' fine."

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  9. The distant relation to Phoebe Cates on the right end of the front row in #21 cared for neither the UPP or leg-crossing. She was a wild one

    Next to her is a cute Jane Hathaway, then next to her is a hillbilly Elizabeth Montgomery.

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  10. I'm going with The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery as well. It's Frankie Howerd in something.

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  11. Is the guy in #56 posing with his girlfriend and HIS MOTHER?

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  12. AnonymousJune 05, 2012

    I enjoyed the pancake photos. where are the photos of the women who forgot to pose in an up skirt prevention?

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  13. I don't remember 1972 as being so "anti-furniture" as some of these pics suggest. Geez, all these guys in full suits sitting on their ass on bare floors..hmmm, I was always pro-furniture...even in those protest years of '70-72.

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  14. Paul DucaJune 10, 2012

    Is the woman in #22 (the LOOK ad) a young Shelley Duvall?

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  15. "#8 Remember when ladies wore gloves? That fashion trend died out completely, never to return." - It died out with actual 'ladies'. When was the last time you saw any of those either? Blame the loss of feminine things like gloves on a progressive loss of real femininity in females...

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