From whalebone corsets to thongs, women have been slaves to fashion. Corsets were torture devices, but don't let anybody tell you that thongs are comfortable.
Here's an excerpt from Undies Thru the Ages in the February issue of our Life-Style magazine:
Let's spend a quiet moment being grateful for today's fashions. In the 1800's, having a 14" or 16" waist was considered the height of style.
Many women deformed their rib cages and squeezed their innards to try to conform to this torturous trend. They were prone to fainting spells and nobody seemed to figure out that it was (see the rest of the article, complete with pictures, on Page 3 of the February issue of Life-Style.)