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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:51 pm 
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Are there any clearly observable patterns in what areas of the body a culture will deem taboo to show, and to what people? Do these things pattern by e.g. (culture's native) climate, family structure, societal organization? Are there patterns in the type of clothing that is normative in a culture beyond what is needed to cover taboo areas?

I'm thinking about designing clothing and associated body mores for the Chondru and I'm not really sure where to start other than just going by analogy with cultures from a similar climate. I want to make the result distinctive, but I'm not really sure what would be realistic.

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Female genitals seem to be more taboo than male genitals (for example, many California and PNW men went naked, but women wore aprons of grass or bark; in Western art male nudes have genitals but female nudes were generally featureless; etc.).

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Well, eyes are kind of necessary. How else will you see that other people are covering their taboo areas? :-D
To go more in depth with classes: people who work hard all the time (the unskilled workers) are warm from all their work and can afford less clothing in monetary economies, so they typically have less clothing. Also, just because a culture has a lot of swimming doesn't mean that taboos are reflective of what is shown in swimwear, as this level could be considered inappropriate in other contexts.

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