OK, before you get all crazy on me here, let me just say that I know that Spanx don’t break your ribs or cause permanent damage to your gastrointestinal organs. All right? I KNOW THAT. But if you look at these old ads featuring before and after pics of women wearing the ol’ whalebone, I think that you will find that they are the same exact concept. Take a gander:
See what I mean? It’s about flattening, about smoothing out, about getting rid of that unsightly bulge at the top of your stockings. And listen — far be it for me to decry any woman’s beauty routine. Honestly. I’m probably going to get Botox one day. But I do think that maybe we should stop lying to ourselves about how Spanx are totally OK and awesome but corsets were the devil’s work.
We might not have broken ribs anymore — and that is definitely a plus! — but we don’t have a society where fat cells have gotten any more acceptable on the bodies of women.