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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 3 May 2010
This review is from: Bound to Please: A History of the Victorian Corset (Dress, Body, Culture) (Paperback)
This book explores a feminist view on the corset, and is the only book I seem to have found to write about this subject with this slant. It makes comment on the history and realities by many - not every but many - women who wore the corset during the 19th century. It would be an invaluable read to anyone studying fashion, gender studies, women in history and/or are interested in early feminism. The work is written in a very accessible way, and makes points and criticisms of the corset, that seem to have been made out of through research. You may not agree with all of it, but it is definitely a fascinating, interesting and at times shocking read. Especially sections about early abortions, class systems, and the desire of the emancipation of women. Its hard to imagine that this was all happening only a mere 120 years or so ago, but in some respects it makes you look at todays culture, and the restraints imposed onto women today about body image and the ideal figure. It has its faults, but I think as a piece of feminist work about corsets, its brilliant read. (and to comment on the 15 inch corset, most surviving corsets today, have a waist measurement from 17inches up to 29inches and more, and most corsets averaging at 20inches, this book is not implying everyone wore a 15inch corset - its about the fact that this was considered the "ideal" to work towards, in the sense that if you had a 24 inch waist you would be wanting to compress it much as was possible, even though there were many many people arguing against tight lacing. Just like todays size zero, there are many size 10's out there wishing to be a size 8)
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