“One thing has bothered me recently, but I don’t think I’m brave enough to make a video because it might be considered controversial – it’s implementing modern thinking in the drama,” noted clothing blogger Karolina Zebrowska at In a recent interview, told The Costume Rag. “Especially women hate corsets and see it as a form of oppression. I have seen many female characters, protesting “I really want to wear it”, “I can’t wait to want it”, the maids say “we Need to make it tighter! ‘This is a terrible stereotype. They will be happy to wear a corset for their comfort, just like most women now choose to wear a bra.”
Considering the difficulty of deconstructing social attitudes more than a century ago, Zebrowska believes that this view is controversial and correct. However, recent research suggests that she may be very correct – why not in the recent fashion and pop culture, the recovery of corsets?In fact, one of the main concerns is oppression and agency, and whether women are put into corsets by society, or whether they use sexy clothing to gain power.
“Although you are required to obey your husband at all times in both formal and social terms, there are many stories about women surpassing their husbands and relying entirely on their wives. Not every woman in Victorian era is portrayed in modern movies. The sad, helpless butterfly,” Zebrowska said.
Rebecca Gibson’s recent study in the NEXUS Canadian Journal of Anthropology has yielded some sources of thought that claim that men do not like corsets. “D. O. Teasley (1904), a woman who wrote for other women, said: “As far as I am concerned, I can’t understand why I’m inventing tight-fitting shoelaces. She said that men, especially those with good judgment, would not admire the slim waist. The importance of this meaning cannot be ignored when discussing corsets; Teasely suggests that women choose to control their bodies and even reach the level of self-harm. “Many male sources compare restricted modern women to the more relaxed forms of classic statues and Renaissance paintings.
Although attitudes toward corsets vary, many contemporary medical reports are fanatical and unreliable. A frequently cited example of O’Followell in 1908 lists these symptoms “with those wearing corsets.” : Slices near the armpits, venous circulation difficult upper limbs, accidental brachial plexus compression, flattening, breast wrinkles, lymph nodes or breast diseases, some movements are extremely difficult, muscle damage or ineffective weakening and atrophy, oppression and Permanent lower rib overlap. “The complete list is much longer.
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Gibson analyzed the shackles and corsets to determine how destructive this approach was. The 18 baboons of Musée del’Homme in France and the Museum of London were not only oppressed by medieval torture equipment, but found that women in the community showed S-shaped ribs but lived relatively long lives. In London, four people are between the ages of 36 and 45, and the remaining 13 are over 46 when they die.
“Although there is nothing to tell the quality of life of these special women,” Gibson said. “These results make people widely believe that this very popular concept holds that Western food itself is obviously harmful, violence against women, and long-term The medical belief has been responsible for premature death, which is defined as death before or during the first few years of marriage.”
Corsets are getting attention
In an interesting extra approach, Gibson analyzed 44 corsets from the 1700-1900 V&A to look for signs of wear and tension.
“Because modern researchers have differences in the composition of tight-fitting ties and have never been clearly defined in the words of women or their doctors, what is seen in the literature does not necessarily represent what women experience every day. It is reported that when When they struggled with stubborn ties, the mistresses on the back of their mistress had broken laces and hyperbolic pictures. However, the corset itself tells a different story: a story that is often well dressed, but after Carefully processed and used for many years, this is unlikely because they are more compact than the framework they allow.”
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Crucially, Gibson believes that the reflection of women’s social history as a patriarchal system is too simplistic, and that more research requires a more subtle approach to the treatment of women and how they shape their identity.