Emphasising the length and fragility of a woman’s neck

 

Another example of the use of neck ornaments to emphasise the length and fragility of a woman’s neck, as discussed here:

 

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Perhaps because women were subject to little violence prehistorically, they could afford to have long slender necks. As I have argued here, the evidence from male and female skulls also suggests that men did not hit women much. Most violence was male on male.

Something else I wrote on this:
Did cavemen hit cavewomen?

Emphasising the length and fragility of the neck could enhance a signal of femininity. It is interesting that the girl in the above photograph from The Matrix (1999) has her hair up, which would also serve to emphasise the length of her neck. Another shot:

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I have touched on the way in which short hair on a woman draws attention to her neck here:

(NSFW) Men who prefer short haired women

Another example in this Chinese dress perhaps. The high collar suggests a long, feminine neck:

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Craig on December 16, 2015 at 1:49 am

    On older women, the jewelry around the neck is used to hide age lines and spider veins. They often wear gloves that run up their forearms for the same reason.

    Reply

    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on December 16, 2015 at 1:51 am

      Women, “creatures of artifice”.

      I remember a woman I worked with showing me that what I took to be an artfully tied scarf in her hair was really just a plastic hairband with a scarf-like pattern. It was a revelation in its way.

      Reply

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