What is it with women and the pursuit of “beauty” at the risk of their health?
You could be forgiven for thinking corsets belong in the Victorian era, the 1950s, or burlesque clubs. But a growing number of women are wearing them all day, every day, in a bid to reduce their waist size.
It’s a trend that has got health professionals worried.
Ivy D’Auton is a corset-maker in Auckland. Recently she’s noticed a small number of her Kiwi clients have started wearing them constantly – a practise called ‘waist training’.
“It’s the idea that you can modify your body through wearing corsets – so your waist gradually becomes smaller and smaller,” she says. . .
But doctors say the practise is very dangerous.
“What worries me most is pushing this to a place which isn’t right,” says Dr John Cameron. “It’s like toothpaste. If you squeeze a tube of toothpaste it’s going to come out both ends. Basically you’re trying to push her stomach up into your thorax and the rest goes down south – so you’re trying to change the anatomy.”
That can lead to digestive, breathing, muscular and skeletal problems over time. . .
Women of my mother’s generation squeezed themselves into panty girdles and other misogynist garments which squashed their innards and ruined their abdominal muscles.
Fortunately their daughters knew better but what’s happening to the next generation?
We’re now 13 years into the 21st century.
Girls have been told for decades that they can do anything and they don’t have to conform to stereotypical dictates over how they should look.
Yet still some women are putting their health at risk in the pursuit of an idealised, unnatural and unrealistic idea of beauty.