It's Not Some Scary Beast! The Corset Molds And Changes The Shape And Silhouette Of The Body, And Anything That Modifies The Body, Even If It's Only Slightly And Non-permanently, Will Always Elicit An Extreme Response, Werlin Continued.

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Despite its twisted, dark history the corset is making a comeback At first, doctors thought that would be safer, but it ended up still causing worry among those who thought that it could cause bones to break or chronic conditions like  endometriosis .  But it's important to note that the most extreme examples of tight corseting were not the norm.  "Like with any fashion trend there are, of course, extremes (and the corset and tight-lacing has definitely been fetishized more than most), but for the most part the corset is just a regular foundation garment and I wish it was treated that way,"  Katy Werlin , a fashion and textile historian, said in an interview. "It's not some scary beast!" "The corset molds and changes the shape and silhouette of the body, and anything that modifies the body, even if it's only slightly and non-permanently, will always elicit an extreme response," Werlin continued. "And there are legitimately harmful things that women (and men) do to their bodies in the name of fashion. Squishing yourself into a slightly different shape with a corset isn't one of them." But still, the pervasive opinion that corsets were fundamentally unhealthy for women stigmatized the corset, leaving it with a reputation that still lives on today.  "The corset was most known as a women's garment so of course it's loaded with all sorts of stigma," Werlin continued. "The moment a woman puts anything on her body everyone and their mom will have an opinion on it. Every day dress today isn't as structured as it was back then, so it's easy to assume that the structures of clothing were all for oppression." In reality, men were the ones  against them .  Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, men turned the garment into tabloid fodder, with  exaggerated cartoons  printed in newspapers and doctors theorizing about whether or not they could improve women's attitudes or cause women to become  infertile .  "In the Victorian era, many men in positions of power opposed the wearing of corsets, which is why there are plenty of newspaper reports and books referencing doctors saying they're bad for women's health ," Lori Smith , a fashion researcher who also works at the London College of Fashion, said in an interview.

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