In the 50’s Lucy and Desi slept in twin beds but managed to have “Little Ricky.” And in the 60’s TV censors just knew that the public couldn’t cope with seeing a grown woman’s belly button; thus, Barbara Eden “I Dream of Jeannie;” had to cover her belly button with putty because in the 60s showing your navel on TV was unheard of.  After all, the navel automatically reminds people of sub-navel activities that are best confined to the bedroom with the lights turned off.
Fast forward to Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island who had no problem wearing short shorts and  showing off her great legs. but couldn’t show her belly button. Which leads to the question in both Jeannie and  Mary Ann’s case;  did they have an an innie or an outie?. Alas, in 1969,Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In went after the belly laughs by exposing the belly button, and the genie was out of the bottle for good.

So, if modesty’s your bag, you’re probably better off with a 1950’s inspired high waisted bikini. The next time you’re on a beach, raise your glass to the 50’s!  Suit’s available at Get Go Retro! After all, a little bit of curiousity goes a long way!

 
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