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Educate yourselves corset lovers. Knockoffs are everywhere.
Ok, now, I’ve seen some unbelievable bullshit during my time at Corset Fakery, but I’ve never been as enraged and… bewildered… as this product page has just made me.
Firstly, corset fans will recognise the Extreme Mae corset (from the excellent UK company What Katie Did), and see that the photograph has been stolen from their website. They might also notice that the NAME of the corset has also been ‘borrowed’
Now, this particular incarnation of the Mae corset is called “Extreme” for a reason. As you can see, it offers an intense waist reduction and an exceptional silhouette. This is achieved though expert craftsmanship and high-quality materials. That’s an awful lot of value for $26.40…
Here’s a larger version of one of the images you might have noticed in the accompanying thumbnails:
You’ll agree, I hope, that there’s nothing “Extreme” about this item of clothing whatsoever. However, the fact that the company feels confident in displaying the items side-by-side makes it clear that they’re happy to exploit misconceptions surrounding a corset’s function (eg. that you can get an extreme corset curve from any corset provided you lace it ‘properly’ or ‘tightly enough’)
These companies don’t care that they’re undermining the hard work of expert corset makers, while pulling scams on fans of quality lingerie and alternative fashion.
Remember - spread the word, do your research*, and always know what you’re buying.
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During the Detroit Race Riot of 1943 rioters began stopping trolley cars and abducting black patrons who were then beaten. (Source)
How terrifying. This is why I don’t wish for “the good old days.”
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“I think a lot about what makes a strong female character. You know, movies and TV shows, these things have influence, my own website. So I think the question of “What makes a strong female character?”, often goes misinterpreted. And instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen, who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot. Like, you know, a Catwoman type, or she plays her sexuality up a lot and it’s seen as power. But they’re not strong characters who happen to be female, they’re completely flat and they’re basically cardboard characters.
The problem with this is that then people expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple. When in actuality, women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy. And women happen to be people!”
-Tavi Gevinson for TEDTalks [x]
My god, I wish I could have been 1/8th as amazing as Tavi at her age.
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