Archeologist Beatrix Nutz has uncovered a revolutionary loot of 600-year-old underwear at an Austrian castle. The dirty tattered linen bras and panties could just may well be “the missing link” in “the history of women’s underwear,” she says.
Surprisingly, these soft bra pieces predated the corset and had little sown flower embellishments on them, which is surprisingly reasonable and cheery for what we usually think of when we hear “medieval underwear.” Kind of pretty, actually, and makes one forget just how shitty it was to be female in the Middle Ages.
And these little panties? They’re boy panties. Because “Underpants were considered a symbol of male dominance and power,” Beatrix says, strings and all. Womens? No panties allowed. Must make way for the chastity belt or something, right? Oh, well, and that was that. Now we remember just how shitty it was to be female in the Middle Ages.