That anyone who puts on a corset ends up fainting, and that they are VERY uncomfortable. When I do Dickens Fair I wear a corset, and it's not an unpleasant experience.
Where did this idea of fainting start? Can it all *really* be blamed on that one scene in Gone With the Wind? Or were there other movies? Or something else that shaped our ideas of it being a "torture device"?
I recently wrote an article for Yesterday's Thimble that explores many of the myths and misconceptions surrounding corsets. You might find it of interest!Exploring the Myths of Corsets: Part I and Part II.