An undergarment, first coming to view in the Rennaissance, that women have worn to mangle their natural body into the shape of an hourglass: corsets pinched the waist in, pushed the breasts up, and rearranged the spine and abdominal organs.
The corset used to be made of whalebone for support, but it now comes in a variety of fabrics.
Women have had many health problems and have died from the restrictive, impractical corset; many homes in the Victorian era had fainting rooms for women who had been laced up too tightly.
Nowadays, the corset is popular among the gothic crowd and has become a symbol of erotica.
-"Do I have to wear this corset? I can hardly breathe."
-"This is a period film; yes, you have to wear the corset."
-"This thing hurts like hell! Are you crazy?"
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