A Feminist Corset?
Why would my wife like corsets? Especially since she’s feminist?
One of my male feminist friends wondered about that.
Meanwhile, the New York Times’ Alexander Fury brought this news alert: the corset has become:
A symbol of empowerment, of sexual freedom, of control. She’s the one holding the laces, the one constructing her own femininity.
And not just that. Two-inch nails and four-inch heels are also now feminist.
The means of constraint, discomfort and disempowerment are empowering?
A 14 inch waist is feminist?
Making disempowerment visible creates empowerment?
The first step to “corset = empowerment” was making the invisible visible says Fury.
As when Madonna donned the constricting garment as outerwear, not underwear.
Hmmm, advertising our restriction is empowering?
Odd. When men did wear corset-like underclothing a couple of centuries ago the contraption was highly suspect and kept secret, says Fury, lest men come across as passive, receptive, objectified… a man as a woman.
Feminist? Or internalized?
Corsets don’t seem feminist to me.
The desire to wear one seems less feminism and more socialization (your society is in your head).
Women are primarily valued for their looks, and in our society a corseted body is thought sexy. So the corseted woman is sexy… high status… valued.
Valued in her restriction.