June 10, 1998 |
Psssst. We're undercover. No names. No faces. Just the facts, ma'am. About thong underwear. True, just thinking about these skimpy slices of fabric make some women wince - but they're flying off the shelves. And not just for "special occasions. " Bloomers are not for boomers, it seems. Undies have steadily shrunk over the years. Next to the thong - the teeniest undie a woman can wear and not be completely bare - even bikini briefs look tame. Yesteryear, they might have been called G-strings, preferred by women of a certain - shall we say?
August 15, 2000 |
It's a question appropriate for the 21st century. Do you thong? Yes, yes, yes, say scores of enthusiastic women who have added the slingshot-looking, heretofore-too-risque-for-public-wear panty to their underwear arsenal. "I'm addicted to them," confesses Roshenna Harris, a 21-year-old student. "They're all I wear," declares Zoe Ashbury, a 46-year-old restaurant manager. "I can't wear anything else," says Penny Mullins, a 30ish spokeswoman for Frederick's of Hollywood.
May 6, 2002 |
WE LIVE in the Age of Exhibitionism. Underwear is outerwear. Gauze is a cover-up. "Bare midriff" is redundant. The red-carpet parade at the Oscars exposed more sagging flesh than an aging nudist colony. Did you see Gwyneth Paltrow and Sandra Bullock, ahem, hanging out? Where were their mothers when they needed them? In Britain, a clothing retailer is now marketing push-up bras to 9-year-old girls. "Pornstar" and "Playboy" are popular youth logos. Top fashion models and teen pop idols are as eager to show off their jutting pelvic bones as their cheekbones.
July 17, 1991 |
Because of my deeply held belief that women should be independent and equal and all that other liberal stuff, I have to defend their right to wear the ultra-skimpy bathing suits known as thong bottoms. These mini-garments are similar to G-strings, which are worn in strip joints, and they are provoking controversy in many communities that have beaches. Laws have been passed, although seldom enforced, saying that it is against the law for women to wear bathing suits that flaunt their entire buns, although the lawyers phrase it with more dignity.
January 31, 2004 |
One wore a black leather corset and fishnet stockings. Another showed off her country charms in a denim micro-miniskirt and a teeny T-shirt. But it was Lauren Young of Medford, N.J, strutting her stuff in nothing but a creative coat of paint, a tiny thong, and two well-placed red sequins who was crowned Miss Wingette 2004. Forget about world peace. Forget about poise. Forget about talent - unless of course you consider jumping on a trampoline while singing "Mary Had a Little Lamb," a particularly rare skill.
July 29, 1990 |
The bottom may have fallen out of beachwear this year in points south, but anyone thronging to the Jersey shore longing for the thong will be, well, wrong. Or at least disappointed. Sure, there's been a crackdown on the derriere-baring suit in other parts of the country - a ban in Sarasota, Fla., and beach evictions in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. But here in South Jersey, it seems, nobody is flapping a flip-flop over such things. "I haven't seen one yet," said Allan Dechert, an Avalon real-estate broker, grilled on the topic after spending a recent hot day on the beach.
June 6, 2003 |
A Northeast Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged with raping a 23-year-old woman at a bar in Bensalem Township. Bensalem Township Police said Douglas Aster, 31, raped the woman in an area off of the main room moments after the woman had participated in an underwear contest at Street Road Bar & Grill, in the 3600 block of Street Road. The woman's name is being withheld by police. Police said the woman was raped in the early hours of May 30 and reported it to police immediately.
June 6, 1994 |
Fashion at the health centers ain't what it used to be. It's now a grungy world out there. "I never buy anything that matches," said Tim Bellen, 41, of South Philadelphia, who like many at the 12th Street Gym disdains coordinated or designer exercise gear. He sweats it out in a too-big T-shirt and roomy shorts. Visits to area gyms show that, for the most part, except for a few meet markets, active folks have shucked the stylish showy togs for comfortable attire. Men grab a roomy T-shirt, baggy shorts or loose-fitting pants.
July 28, 2012 |
Matthew McConaughey tells MensHealth.com his Magic Mike character is a twisted sociopath who has a few strange pastimes. Joe sports a thong at one point. "The weird thing about a thong is, you forget it's there," says MM. Call him daring, never careless. "Before I went on the set, I tried to check out all the angles, just to make sure I was covered. " Joe also engages in sexual acts with a chicken. "I thought about and worried about that scene for a long time," says MM. "It's a tricky scene.
February 24, 2005
YOUR "Welcome to Philly" editorial (Feb. 23) omitted an important point in the debate over the establishment of a formal entity to attract new immigrants and help them assimilate - one already exists. It's called the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, a non-profit that has made significant inroads into identifying Philadelphia's immigrant communities and understanding their challenges. It's headed by Anne O'Callaghan, an Irish immigrant who founded the Welcoming Center as a result of her own frustrations in establishing a new life here.