Female chastity belts have been around for a long time, but in 2016, some of the world’s biggest names in fashion and fashion design took to social media to voice their opposition to the new style.
A number of brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry have expressed their disapproval.
Some also expressed their support for a ban on the devices.
But what do they actually mean?
The term “chastity belt” has been around since the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until 2016 that the term became synonymous with the use of straps that were designed to keep women secure in a public place.
While most women in the United States wear a bra, some also wear a strap, which can be seen as more of a “sexy” or “feminine” option.
“A lot of times in the ’80s and ’90s, I was wearing a very tight bra because I wanted to be comfortable, but I could still be seen in public as a woman,” said Sarah Vickers, who teaches women’s fashion at the University of Southern California.
“So that was really important to me, that I could not be seen without it.”
It’s not just about showing off — the straps on the “champ” strap, as they’re known in the industry, have a much more practical function.
They’re designed to hold a bra and a belt together, rather than to just keep the straps locked in place.
The straps can also be used as a belt holster, allowing you to attach accessories like sunglasses and wallets to the straps.
The term has also come to be used to describe other accessories, such as wristbands or rings.
In 2017, the British designer Anna Wintour famously wore a bra-strapped bra, and she was slammed for wearing it in a magazine article.
But the use has grown in popularity over the past few years, and now, brands are using the term to denote a variety of different accessories.
In a statement to CBC News, a spokesperson for Louis Vuitch said that the company is “worried that this term will be used by some to suggest that all women should be forced to wear a chastity device in order to be acceptable to the general public.”
“We’re aware of the negative implications this could have on women and are actively seeking to remove the use and branding of the term as it has no place in our marketing and in our fashion collections,” the spokesperson said.
While there are some who see the term “shorts” as an outdated term, many feel it has been appropriated from the fashion world.
The first known “short” was created in the 18th century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which states that “the length of a female garment or the length of the skirt or stockings of women in common dress, with or without belts.”
It was the length that would be worn at the time of a wedding, and it’s the length women would wear as they prepared to walk down the aisle.
Many women in Canada are already wearing skirts and stockings that aren’t designed for comfort, and many have been told by their doctors that they need to wear bras and suspenders to be seen by men.
A spokesperson for the Canadian Council on Women’s Issues (CCW) told CBC News that the organization doesn’t support the use or usage of the word “champion” for a strap that is meant to keep a woman safe.
“The term champion is being used by companies who want to make money off of fear of women and that’s absolutely wrong,” said CCW President Kristy Campbell.
“It’s not something we support at all.”
But in an article published in 2017, Victoria Walker, a senior lecturer in the department of gender studies at the Sydney School of Law, said that “champions” and “shorter” were used interchangeably.
“This is a term that is associated with a particular industry and a particular time in history,” she wrote.
“Women’s dress in the 19th century was more modest than it is today, and there was a lot of emphasis on dress being conservative and keeping to the social standard of that time.
The word champion is associated, in part, with the image of women that the industry sought to achieve.”
In fact, in a 2017 interview with the Associated Press, a former employee of Gucci, one of the largest luxury brands in the world, said she was told by her boss that the brand would never make a bra in her size.
The spokesperson for Gucci told the Associated Post that the belt and straps were “a personal choice” for Guccis employees.
“We always have to be on the lookout for new ways to make our product more appealing to women, and we’re always working on those,” said the spokesperson.