The Lake Villa Public Library is hosting an event featuring Ellie Carlson, an expert on historical clothing, who will discuss women’s underwear. The event, titled “Unmentionables: The Rise and Fall of Ladies Underwear,” was originally restricted to women attendees due to the somewhat sensitive nature of the topic. But that made some male patrons very unhappy, and protests were made. The library changed its policy, and now all are welcome. It’s a funny world for sure when we are bombarded with hyper-sexy underwear adds on TV and in print, not to mention those Victoria’s Secret store display windows in malls, but that a public library would get all embarrassed about hosting a mixed-gender event like this. Go figure.
Follow the story in these two Chicago Trib articles: Sunday, 1/9/11 and Tuesday, 1/11/11. For information on the event itself, scheduled for Jan. 20th at 1pm, visit the Lake Villa Public Library site.