|Julia McKenzie as the Delightful Miss Marple|
Agatha Christie never reveals much about Miss Marple’s personal life, past or present. We know only that she is a spinster, has two sisters, a niece and a nephew, lives in the picturesque village of St. Mary Mead and has an uncanny knack of unraveling even the most complicated of murders (Aren’t they always the most fun??), and making it look easy.
Beyond that, we know very little about her; however, I think that underneath those ill-fitting tweeds, we can be reasonably certain that Miss Marple is NOT wearing a thong – sensible granny panties is my guess – which, may just make Jane Marple a trend setter. Huh???
|High-Waist Undies from Ten Undies|
According to a recent article in The New York Times by Hayley Phelan, “Young Women Say No to Thongs,” young women everywhere are tossing their thongs and rummaging through their granny’s drawers for…..well…. granny’s drawers.
While the thong is definitely sexy and helps avoid VPL (“Visible Panty Line”), it is downright uncomfortable to wear. My French Aunt summed it up perfectly “Autant porter du fil dentaire!” Translation: “You might as well wear a piece of dental floss.” The comfort level would be about the same and dental floss is cheaper.
At any rate, if Ms. Phelan is correct, what does this say about young women? Is it just a question of comfort or is something else going on here?
There’s no question that comfort is high on the list for most young women. Low-rise, skinny jeans demand the requisite bikini thong underneath. But, recently, there has been a definite trend towards high-waisted (i.e., natural waist), looser, “boyfriend” jeans, which means that you can pretty much wear anything you want underneath, and for many young girls, granny panties are the perfectly comfy choice.
That could be all there is to it; however, I recently read a survey (I forget where it was; do forgive me.) which claimed that young women are having sex less often and enjoying it less than their grannies, who apparently still do it and still enjoy it. If that sounds shocking (not the part about us grannies still doing it and still enjoying it, thank you very much), just stop and think about it.
Julia Baylis, left, and Mayan Toledano own Me and You, whose granny panties they model. Credit Isak Tiner for The New York Times
Young women in colleges across the country are told they live in a rape culture, which means that every man they meet is a potential rapist. As a result, the traditional “Battle of the Sexes” takes place under new Rules of Engagement, in which every maneuver and counter maneuver requires prior approval by both parties. No wonder they’re doing it less and enjoying it even less! Are granny panties the new way of saying “Back off, Buddy!?” Especially, if you’ve got the word “Feminist” (see above) emblazoned across your butt? Any guy expecting a romantic evening would take one look at that and say to himself, “Oh sh**!! I just got f***ed, and not in a good way!”
Of course, I could be wrong on both counts. Sources of societal and sartorial trends often overlap and can be difficult to spot with the naked eye. It might just take a Miss Marple in her sensible undies to unravel this mystery.