Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

Victorian Secrets: What a Corset Taught Me about the Past, the Present, and Myself

Sarah A. Chrisman


On Sarah A. Chrisman’s twenty-ninth birthday, her husband, Gabriel, offered her with a corset. the cloth and the layout have been breathtakingly attractive, yet her brain instantly jam-packed with unwelcome perspectives. even supposing she were in love with the Victorian period all her lifestyles, she had in particular requested her husband to not purchase her a corset—ever. She’d heard how corsets affected the feminine physique and what they represented, and she or he sought after none of it.

However, Chrisman agreed to aim at the garment . . . and located it unusually stress-free. The corset, she learned, used to be a device of empowerment—not oppression. After a 12 months of donning a corset each day, her waist had long gone from thirty-two inches to twenty-two inches, she used to be experiencing fewer migraines, and her posture stronger. She had effectively remodeled her physique, her costume, and her way of life into that of a Victorian woman—and every body was once asking approximately it.

In Victorian Secrets, Chrisman explains how a garment from the prior resulted in a transformation in not just the best way she seen herself, but additionally the methods she understood the key modifications among the cultures of twenty-first-century and nineteenth-century the US. the will to delve extra into the Victorian way of life supplied Chrisman with new perception into problems with physique snapshot and the way ladies, prior and current, have noticeable and proceed to determine themselves.

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