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Why women fainted so frequently in the 19th century

It’s not such a common trope anymore, but once upon a time it was common to joke around about women easily fainting at surprising news or trying circumstances. Heck, that’s why there are sofas in ladies rooms. But where did this trope come from? This video explains the history of the fainting lady phenomenon. It begins, as you might have known, with corsets. Tight corsets led to poor circulation which led to…well, splat. But that’s not all. The fainting also has to do with the sheer amount of clothes women had to wear, even during the heat of summer.

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