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Analysis / Of Corset Hurts

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The question of whether this trope is Truth in Television is a complicated one. It certainly can be painful to wear a corset, but it doesn't have to be, and isn't always.

In general, there are four factors at work in whether wearing a corset is painful or not. They are

  1. The design of the corset.
  2. How well it's fitted to the person wearing it.
  3. How tightly it's laced.
  4. How accustomed the person is to wearing that style of corsetry.

The design

The shape of corsets has changed radically and continually over the centuries, as the "desirable" female silhouette has changed, so corsets from some eras will be inherently more prone to be uncomfortable than others are.

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