Skirting the issue!
There is something about a skirt. For so long the defining apparal of women, that English slang used the term to denote a woman. And every age seems to have had a skirt, that provided a social commentary on the changing status of woman. For Elizabethans a long, full skirt spoke of wealth and class since fabric was too expensive for the lower strata of society to afford. The French bustle, assured the aristocrat that he had a 'buxom', (well-fed) mistress, and the Victorians knew that beneath…