Friday, May 29, 2009

I love this

7 comments:

cara said...

what do you love about this?

I love that there is no danger of syncope...I'm wond'rin how wearin' a corset will improve my pronounciation, but I dunno, who'm'I to argue with technology?

I'da never guessed that there was a link.

c-dog said...

I love how misogynist and ridiculous it is.

But seriously, no danger of syncope, now that's the stuff.

wolfBoy said...

i will venture to guess that the syncope thing was/is actually fairly important--

--lace-up corsets squeezed the ribcage pretty intensely. That old image of the nervous fainting 19th century woman comes from the fact that they were wearing freaking whalebone lashed to their torsos, couldn't breathe properly, and were susceptible to a number of medical problems as a result.

So likely problems with speech resulted too.

word verif: oxessess

cara said...

word veri: bracty

playing with the double meanings of words...

anita said...

They've looked at skeletons of women from the 19th century who wore corsets and their ribcage was severely misshapen as a result of it. Self-mutilation/cosmetic surgery is not a new thing, it's just become more sophisticated.

No judgment implied but if you'd like my version of it I'd be happy to share.

wolfBoy said...

my version of it is rife with judgement. hee hee.

john stuart mill's fabulous 1810 book On the Subjugation of Women deals with this, based on interviews with all the women in his life, their friends, friends wives, servants, etc. It's a pretty thorough treatment of this and other ideas-- an early work of feminist thought, but a man.

wolfBoy said...

oops. by a man, i meant to say.