corsets aren't as innocent as you might think

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The historical costuming community is overwhelmingly pro-corset. While I love that we’ve gotten away from the discourse that corsets were torture devices only worn at the request of men, I believe it is important to explore the grey area that lies between pro-corset and anti-corset arguments. The beginnings of structural foundations like kirtles, bodies, stays, jumps and corsets, were born out of an innocuous need for support which they have always provided, however as the decades progressed the corset began to symbolize flawed female bodies, racial hierarchies, nationalist imperatives, homophobia, and suspicious political standpoints.

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