Beauty is Pain

The corset has been a contested fashion piece since its inception.
Some argue that corsets have been the cause of disease and broken bones.  But corsets made from whalebone were meant to support the back and later accentuate the body’s curves.  Medical repercussions depend on the age of the corset wearer, the length of time the corset is worn and how tight the corset is on the body.

X-Ray of Cathy Jung’s ribs, while wearing a tight corset. Courtesy of Catherine and Robert Jung. Norling, Lisa. Captain Ahab Had a Wife, 67.

The working woman vs. femininity

Illustrations from Dr. O’Followell, Le Corset, 1908, Norling, Lisa. Captain Ahab Had a Wife, 71.

 

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