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A true story about discovering positive selfhood from a woman who moved beyond stereotypes to explore the world of corsetry firsthand On Sarah A Chrisman's 29th birthday her husband Gabriel presented her with a corset The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset ever She'd heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented and she wanted none of it However Chrisman agreed to try on the garmentand found it surprisingly enjoyable The corset she realized was a tool of empowerment not oppression After a year of wearing a corset on a daily basis her waist had gone from thirty two inches to twenty two inches she was experiencing fewer migraines and her posture improved She had successfully transformed her body her dress and her lifestyle into that of a Victorian woman and everyone was asking about it In Victorian Secrets Chrisman explains how a garment from the past led to a change in not only the way she viewed herself but also the ways she understood the major differences between the cultures of twenty first century and nineteenth century America The desire to delve further into the Victorian lifestyle provided Chrisman with new insight into issues of body image and how women past and present have seen and continue to see themselvesA true story about discovering positive selfhood from a woman who moved beyond stereotypes to explore the world of corsetry firsthand On Sarah A Chrisman's 29th birthday her husband Gabriel presented her with a corset The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset ever She'd heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented and she wanted none of it However Chrisman agreed to try on the garmentand found it surprisingly enjoyable The corset she realized was a tool of empowerment not oppression After a year of wearing a corset on a daily basis her waist had gone from thirty two inches to twenty two inches she was experiencing fewer migraines and her posture improved She had successfully transformed her body her dress and her lifestyle into that of a Victorian woman and everyone was asking about it In Victorian Secrets Chrisman explains how a garment from the past led to a change in not only the way she viewed herself but also the ways she understood the major differences between the cultures of twenty first century and nineteenth century America The desire to delve further into the Victorian lifestyle provided Chrisman with new insight into issues of body image and how women past and present have seen and continue to see themselvesA true story about discovering positive selfhood from a woman who moved beyond stereotypes to explore the world of corsetry firsthand On Sarah A Chrisman's 29th birthday her husband Gabriel presented her with a corset The material and the design were breathtakingly beautiful but her mind immediately filled with unwelcome views Although she had been in love with the Victorian era all her life she had specifically asked her husband not to buy her a corset ever She'd heard how corsets affected the female body and what they represented and she wanted none of it However Chrisman agreed to try on the garmentand found it surprisingly enjoyable The corset she realized was a tool of empowerment not oppression After a year of wearing a corset on a daily basis her waist had gone from thirty two inches to twenty two inches she was experiencing fewer migraines and her posture improved She had successfully transformed her body her dress and her lifestyle into that of a Victorian woman and everyone was asking about it In Victorian Secrets Chrisman explains how a garment from the past led to a change in not only the way she viewed herself but also the ways she understood the major differences between the cultures of twenty first century and nineteenth century America The desire to delve further into the Victorian lifestyle provided Chrisman with new insight into issues of body image and how women past and present have seen and continue to see themselves


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  1. says:

    This book is a mine of information all credit to the author It dispels some of the myths about fainting ladies and broken ribs Certainly if you look into the past most ladies had good posture unlike many people today who walk about like animated sacks of potatoes I am seriously looking into getting one Highly recommend this book