Today, popular opinion views the lace-up design as restrictive both literally and figuratively, with the rigid design coming to symbolize the social repression of the 18thto 19th century American woman.
Others have fetishized the garment as the ultimate in seduction wear. It's not uncommon to see satin and bow-bedecked versions selling alongside massage oil and teddies (I'm not talking Paddington Bear) at adult lingerie stores.
So when "Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present and Myself" (Skyhorse Publishing: November 2013) landed on my desk, I was intrigued by the writer's claim that wearing a corset was such a positive, body-loving-if not even feminist - move on her part.
At the beginning, author Sarah Chrisman is as dubious as anyoneRead More »from How Wearing a Corset Every Day (and Night!) Changed This Woman's Life