There are many misconceptions about corsets floating around, probably because most of us know of corsetry from movies and history books instead of modern, researched first hand points of view. The vintage image floats into mind of a woman hanging on to a bedpost for dear life while being laced ever more tightly into her corset… but this is no longer the case.
Corsets are a fashion item of choice now – to be worn or not worn, as we desire.
Regular corset wearers get so many questions and opinions directed at them that Lucy’s Corsetry had a brilliant shirt made up, poking fun at some of the most common misinformation out there. You can purchase it on Zazzle in multiple sizes, styles and colours!
So herein, a few common questions addressed from my own person point of view :
CORSETS DISEMPOWER WOMEN
I believe that freedom of choice is empowering. The freedom to be who we are, without any harm to others, is a great and empowering blessing. As a consequence I believe that appreciation of a historical garment, and wearing or not wearing of one – if that is our choice- is a blessing of freedom and subsequently empowering in the fact that we alone are free to to make whatever personal decision that we choose.
CORSETS REPRESS WOMEN’S RIGHTS BACK TO THE 1800’S
We live in ever changing times, and still have a long way to go in our journey towards global peace and equality of rights. In some ways I feel that taking ownership of the corset – with intentional freedom to express ourselves – is a modern symbol of how far we have come and how promising the progress ahead might be.
CORSETS ARE BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Anything done too extremely can be bad for our health, including drinking water or exercising, and extreme corseting is not something that is advocated on this blog or by me. I recommend allowing the body to rest during sleep and wearing a corset as much as you wish during waking hours. While there have been studies with an MRI done showing that a corset wearers organs aren’t damaged by corset wear, simply shifted around, it is of course best to wear a corset with moderation and a sensitive view of the body’s needs.
CORSETS ENCOURAGE OBJECTIFICATION OF WOMEN
The beauty of empowerment and liberation of choice is the power that is inherent within that freedom; the power to be feminine or masculine, sensual or demure, objectified or not. Plenty of people wear corsets for health issues and do so under ordinary work clothes or T-shirts. Corsets don’t have to be showcased as an evocative garment and the empowering aspect of this is that the power lays entirely in the hands of the wearer.
CORSETS ARE UNDERWEAR!
Perhaps, but so were trousers on women 150 years ago. Therefore (as an avid lover of wearing trousers too) I consider modern corsets to be more in the ‘costume’ and ‘couture’ categories with inspiration from historical fashion, unless they are specifically designed in the category of ‘lingerie’ as underwear.
Thanks to image references from SexualHistoryTour