And I thought stilettos were bad. Check out Slate's photo slideshow on corsets throughout the ages. The photos are interesting, but then you remember that those things are like weapons.

Some lowlights: “Bloodied corsets in tennis club dressing rooms testified to the pains of the physically active woman.”

“The corset was blamed for a host of diseases and deformities, from punctured lungs [hello, whale bones!] and broken ribs to uterine disorders and birth abnormalities.”