Jul 022013

It’s still a bit rough around the edges, but the first draft of chapter 6 is done (6,800 words). This was parts of another, very long chapter split into two, and covers things from the Victorian era like flagellation erotica, fetish letter columns and the flagellation culture of Eton. The remainder will go into chapter 7, with more Victoriana like Krafft-Ebing, Sacher-Masoch and the network of kinksters that coalesced around Richard Moncton-Milnes, later Lord Houghton. This probably won’t take long to get to first draft stage, just some reogan

I’m still not completely happy with the organization of these two chapters, and may reorganize them in a second draft. There’s a lot of information to cover, and it all interconnects in loose ways. Alan Moore, in the preface to From Hell, quoted somebody else as saying, “One measures a circle, starting anywhere.”

I’ve decided to press on instead of editing (or writing more blog posts), as I think it is more valuable to get a presentable complete draft finished than to refine. There are still areas I haven’t really begun to research.

I should also mention that my fiction short story “The Thing in the Printer” has been accepted by Ghostwoods Books for their Cthulhu Lives Lovecraftian horror anthology.


Jul 222006

After a very long time, I’ve finally finished David Kunzle’s Fashion and Fetishism. I’d say it’s pretty much the last word on corset history, though Valerie Steele’s work is a lot shorter.

There’s really only one area of Kunzle’s book I question. In the 19th century, there clearly was a subculture of corset tight-lacers, often lower-class, upwardly-mobile women, and their admirers. But were there families and schools in which women were customarily introduced to tight-lacing in their early teens, as described in the fetishist letters in magazines like Englishwomen’s Domestic Magazine and The Family Doctor? It seems clear to me that most of them were exaggerations or outright fabrications, but were all of them?

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