Until the early 20th century, primarily for the purpose of toilet training, it was standard practice for male infants to be petticoated: dressed in the frock of the female rather than the breeches of the male. Breeching was a celebrated event for a boy: a rite of passage away from the domain of the mother, and so allowing him to take his place in the male world. The practice of petticoating or debreeching the boy or man is an act of regression: returning him to the dependent and humiliating state of the infant.

Petticoating Gallery 1: Historical

Petticoating Gallery 2: Humiliation

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