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I'd be interested.

My dog used to chase people on a bike a lot. It got so bad, finally I had to take his bike away.

149 points · 2 days ago

That link is blocked in my country because of the EU ://

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322 points · 2 days ago

In History: Why little boys wore dresses

“No, they didn’t!” The group of third-grade students exclaimed.

“Yes, they did. Little boys used to wear dresses,” I said.

The group was touring the Pendleton Historical Museum on a school field trip. I had stopped at a small black-and-white checkered dress with white lace on the collar. The children went silent, and some shook their heads from side to side.

Finally, one boy looked up at me and asked, “WHY would they do that?”

I told him that was a good question and let them come up with some possible reasons why little boys might wear dresses.

Later I did some research into why, for at least a century, little boys wore dresses. I discovered that children’s clothing is a barometer of the concept of childhood and the social roles of children through the few centuries of United States history.

During the 18th century ,childhood mortality was high. Less than 50 percent of infants reached the age of five and only half of those children made it to age 10. Infants were swaddled with strips of linen or wool that were tightly wrapped and crisscrossed around the body. This helped to contain the infant in homes full of dangerous items like open fires and rough flooring. Infants spent most of their time with adults so they could be civilized as soon as possible.

Education began early and a child was dressed as a miniature adult. The goal was to get the child to adulthood as soon as possible because life expectancy was only 30 years. Discipline was often harsh, even violent, in order to force conformity to adult standards.

In the long run this was believed to increase the child’s life span in a risky world because childhood was just too dangerous. Also, for those living in poverty, it could get the child working at age five or so in the local factories to help support the family.

Philosophers and educators had been opposing the standard practices of child rearing for centuries, but Jean-Jacques Rousseau was in the right place at the right time. His writings encouraged children’s rights and age-appropriate methods of child rearing. The Industrial Revolution and Queen Victoria in England helped make Rousseau’s ideas of the purity of childhood more achievable by parents. He saw children as people in their own right to be cherished for the blank slate of their potential.

If at first the new industrialization took advantage of young child workers, the products of that industrialization in the end helped liberate the children from those very factories.

Fashions spread

Queen Victoria ascended to the British throne in 1837 and served as a role model when she dressed her nine children in sailor suits and kilts which allowed a child to be more “natural.” This was a child-friendly way of dressing infants. Her fashion tastes quickly spread to other royal families of Europe.

The rising industrial economies began to create a middle class that emulated her life style and fashion sense. Ready-made factory clothing allowed children all over Europe and the United States to look like the children of the affluent class. This created a social class contest with the affluent class continually upping the ante with more lace and fancy fabrics to distinguish their children from those of the middle class.

Eventually, children’s clothes became very elaborate and easily as confining and uncomfortable as the adult versions they had replaced. Toward the end of the 19th century more informal styles of clothing began to be introduced.

Child-centered items

The factories made something else that was required for the dresses worn by all these children . . . the cloth diaper. By 1887 the cloth diaper was mass-produced. There was already a type of fabric weave known as “diaper.” Since this type of fabric was used, it became the namesake for the final product. Babies were no longer swaddled and their clothing was more liberating.

The Victorian home was full of newly purchased furnishings, rugs, and decorative objects that needed to be protected from the liberated children. Special furniture was also designed to help contain the child and protect them from the house and protect the house from the child. Cribs, high chairs, and playpens are just a few of the new conventions to become part of the new child- centered home.

Within the space of a few decades, child-rearing practices were reversed, formal education was delayed and a return to nature was desired. Children were blank slates and needed play to develop their mind and body. Clothing and homes were adjusted to the child’s body and activities. Industrialization allowed more everyday parents to actually enjoy their infant children and not force them into adult behavior. Parents found this period so delightful they extended it as long as possible. Children were to remain innocent (translate “sexless”) as long as possible. In many old photographs it is difficult to tell boys from girls.

It was very common for children to remain in this state of dress until they entered formal school or even later if the boy was schooled at home. When boys reached this age they were “breeched” meaning dressed in pants. It was an emotional time for many a mother who was losing her “baby.”

The fashion trend of boys in dresses slowly died out as the ready to wear clothing market offered clothing choices that became even more child centered. By the 1920’s, most boys and some girls were dressed in a “romper,” a one-piece jumper pantsuit. Some “child experts” then became concerned that dressing girls in pants would somehow destroy their femininity!

Why did little boys wear dresses? It appears the original decision to place boy infants in a dress was a practical choice to facilitate wearing or not wearing a diaper. Extending the number of years that boys wore dresses is a larger story of societal change, philosophy, industrial and marketing forces, emotional needs and an array of other factors.

Even on a relatively narrow subject like this, when studying history, there is no simple answer.

142 points · 2 days ago

Who would win? A series of restrictive and well enforced internet censorship laws, or one Ctrl+V boi?

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3 points · 2 days ago

And a little bit of help of a VPN.

Wow, amazing! Anyone know where more can be found?

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43 points · 7 days ago

The film has been co-commissioned by IWM and 14-18 Now and will be shared with audiences across the UK through a series of screenings and an extensive learning programme.

Visit the IWM website for further information on our plans for 2018

Further details about 14-18 NOW can be found at

18 points · 7 days ago

He keeps talking about how bad the game is but never mentions why?

687 points · 9 days ago

Orangutans are semi-solitary species but remain, to some degree, somewhat social. Flanged adult male orangutans are the most solitary of all orangutan age/sex classes. Their participation in social groups is usually limited to temporary sexual “consortships” with adult and adolescent females. Wild orangutan fathers play no direct role in the upbringing of their offspring. Non-receptive adult females associate with their young, with other adult females, and with adolescents who are not necessarily their own and generally avoid mature males.

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1 point · 9 days ago

Unidan has returned!

2 points · 16 days ago

nSuns 5-day with these accessories

You get used to the volume rather fast. Strength gains are good but you'll struggle if you don't get enough recovery (duh).

Original Poster3 points · 20 days ago

Smakade hemgjort.

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6 points · 20 days ago

Bor de i cafét?

32 points · 22 days ago

Spirited Away?

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3 points · 22 days ago

The sixth station

I’m surprised it doesn’t get posted waaaay more here, was gonna capitalise on that karma at some point but now I’ll just have to live with the regret.

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3 points · 23 days ago

They get posted in /r/mealtimevideos all the time.

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2 points · 1 month ago

Inferno Online vid Odenplan ser det ut som

he didn't have his game face for that one

2 points · 1 month ago

he looks stretched out from that angle

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