medical corset

When people talk about practices that are harmful to women and people go about stating how doctors have said they aren’t that bad or there are safety precautions, I don’t think these people understand that THE WORLD HATES WOMEN. They are not on our side. The medical industry will always serve men first, so will basically every other industry. Just because something is said to have not so severe effects, it doesn’t mean you can trust those boards which are mainly comprised of men. They created birth control for men which had side effects similar to what women experience during their periods and deemed it inhumane, they allowed birth control for women with drastic side effects though. You know why? Because they don’t care about women. The moment you realize we are oppressed on a global scale, and every industry is involved in our oppression, then only will second wave feminism begin to make sense to you. Wake up.

11. Post a picture of your favourite historical style of corset

I know a lot of corset fans will want to come and slap me, but I’m not really all that fond of historical corsetry. I admire anyone’s ability to reproduce Victorian garments etc. with accuracy and care, but it’s really not something I want in a corset for myself. Some older pieces are lovely to look at, but when I see a 100-year-old corset, I can’t help but feel put off by the odd placement of curves - not just because I imagine they’d fit me poorly, but because they relate to a certain cultural ideal regarding body shape.

I believe in innovation, and finding new solutions to challenges, and I find that a grounding in tradition can often cloud one’s view to interesting or better ways of doing things. When I get a corset, I want something that’s been designed with the ‘task’ in mind, first and foremost, rather than the 'look’. 

However, that’s not to say that I don’t occasionally find myself falling in love with a vintage corset design, even though my tastes may be a little odd. This is a picture of a vintage medical corset (date unknown). Unlike their contemporary steel-boned counterparts in the fashion shops, these HAD to be built with durability and anatomical conformity at their core. 

Label reads: “Sacro Lumbar Supporter, No. 2048, Sixe 38, Quality Canvas, Orthopedic Research Laboratory, Sharon, MA.”