Fainting room


Fainting room

A fainting room was a room, used during the Victorian era, where women could go to rest when feeling faint. Fainting rooms often included couches where users could faint or recline without fearing bodily harm. Such couches or sofas typically had an arm on one side only to permit easy access to a reclining position, although the sofa style most typically featured a back at one end so that the resulting position was not purely supine.

It was fashionable for Victorian women to have a perfect hourglass figure. To achieve this, many wore corsets that would cinch their waist, squeezing their ribs and internal organs. This could lead to many health problems, the most common being dizziness and fainting.

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* cite news
url = http://www.texnews.com/1998/opinion/gree1212.html
title = Let's all retire to the Fainting Room
accessdate = 2006-08-27
last = Greene
first = Bob
date = 1998-12-12
publisher = Chicago Tribune


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