A few generations ago, women were obliged to cover their ankles. The reason? If men caught a glimpse of a naked female ankle, they would not be able to control their lust. This belief became so prevalent that the legs of pianos and other furniture had be covered up with aprons, because they could remind a man of a female leg.
Only a century ago bathing suits did not look like they look today. In fact, if you tried to wear a modern conservative bathing suit to a beach a hundred years ago, you could very well have been arrested. Men were expected to be covered from neck to knee, and women wore out-and-out dresses into the water. They were cumbersome, uncomfortable, and possibly dangerous if a woman tried to actually swim in such water-soaked garb–but they were modest.
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