|1898, woman wearing a corset|
Now freedom, whoopee! A bra and a girdle did the job, for now and for years to come, with no problem. So now you smart ladies, change things again, and go along in slacks or shorts. The prize goes to you, for rebelling over those long years, you have won. As for me, I am stuck in the panty-hose era.
Ironically, while corsets are now limited to costume design and sexual fetishists, women today torture their feet in stiletto heels. It seems we have exchanged one form of body torture in the name of fashion, for another.
No wonder there was a shortage of whales years ago.
A corset has stays made of plastic, whalebone, ivory, or metal. A girdle has elastic only, no stays. When I was in high school, all girls wore a girdle. How else were we to keep our nylons up? However I recall having severe cramps after each day wearing a girdle while sitting at a desk in class. When pantyhose appeared, I thankfully threw the girdle away. Now I wear no hose at all, except for special occasions.