“Infant’s binder”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons –
I saw this article in the NYTimes from Friday, July 3. It’s about the various means people, particularly women, have used over the years to lessen or enhance various body parts depending on the current standards of beauty. Pretty constricting stuff–even babies were stuffed into corsets at one point.
Today, July 4, is the day we celebrate freedom, a freedom I am grateful for daily. Our freedom to say what we think, live where we wish, vote for our preferred candidates, worship without constraints or coercion, and actively participate in the continued political shaping of our country is unprecedented in human history.
But there are lots of areas where we are not free, or chose not to be free. The history of clothing constrictions–and the current crop of body-shaping undergarments are only slightly less torturous than the previous iterations–illustrates our…
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