Women Grow Up in Corsets.
The assertion has an odd sound, but it is probably true that not ten women out of a hundred have the faintest conception of what it would feel like to have a natural unfettered body. Within a few weeks the writer has asked twenty-eight women at what age they first put on corsets. Thirteen of them said they could not remember a time when they had not worn them. Their earliest recollection of themselves and their dress included corset waists and corset lacings. One New York physician estimates that city girls are corseted on an average when seven years old. Another says that her inquiries would lead her to put it at nine year?. Women grow up in corsets and harmonise with the environments. They put on corsets in the morning before they do their shoes, and would not think they could comb their hair without stays. They live in corsets, and would be thoroughly uncomfortable without them. They haven't developed muscles to get along without support. And yet the corset might be made, at least, less obtrusive. It used to be the proper thing to wear an under-bodice of shape and thickness to hide or disguise the outline of the contrivance of whalebone and steels. Nowadays, nothing of this sort seems to be thought necessary. The corset is as prominent as if paraded outside of the gown. The fashion plate marks its top and its bottom distinctly, and as for the woman herself, look at the next one you see riding on a tramcar, and you can sketch her corset very accurately on the margin of your newspaper.—' Health.'
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Women Grow Up in Corsets., Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889
Women Grow Up in Corsets. Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889
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