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The Scientific Corset Lives. Long Live the Scientific Corset!Outside Authority Conference, www.outsideauthority.orgVirgini...
Why this presentation?   The focus of futurists is  often on a Utopian future, especially one in which ourintelligence is ...
Futurist RayKurzweilpredicts that we becomeimmortal andthat thechangesthroughtechnology towhat it meansto be humanare desi...
Or someone like the futurist Ramez Naampredicts:Most of all, descendents of ours will befantastically diverse. Where we ar...
Thus, to these futurists,somewhere in a futuresoon....among computers,genetic engineering,biotech, surgery, andpharma........
In the future,were all gonna be geniuses (if we arent already!)                  Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Co...
Hold on a minute,      what about the body?Will we really embrace new ideals?          Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Author...
So, to counter this purported Utopian      future, I can build on my ownexperience and the experience of other            ...
Limited my scope   Female body (though male body also worth                     examining)                   Just the tors...
Where  tostart?         Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
An Anatomical Vindication ofthe Straight Front Corset, Science and Discovery, 1910,                    Current LiteratureI...
The “scientific corset” morphs, but is still with us. Left to right:  straight front corset (1910-1920), girdle (1920s – n...
Okay. So what about the female form           of the future?          Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, O...
If the past and the now are anyindications, in the future we will be      using science, technology,   commerce, medicine,...
More of the sameDid a search online for ”female + future + form”                                                          ...
Just maybe worse                                                 European Union                                           ...
If we look to the now, we can imagine a future in which...    Female reproduction                                       ...
Lots more to think about....lots        more to say....Many more pages to this project             at      www.modifyme.in...
Encourage folksLots of work out there to be done on:Science and fashionTechnology and fashionMedicine and body modificatio...
April Dawn 77′s YouTube channel         A whole culture exists online of people documenting their         modification thr...
Thanks!          Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
References, text-based“A Safe Procedure for Healthy Weight Loss | LAP-BAND®.” The Preferred Weight Loss Surgery | LAP-BAND...
Image Collage ReferencesCorsetImage from Fighting The Corsetless Evil: Shaping Corsets And Culture, 1900-1930 byJill Field...
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Long Live the Scientific Corset

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Brief presentation on imagining the future of the female form and function of females, excerpted from much longer project Modifyme.info.

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Long Live the Scientific Corset

  1. 1. The Scientific Corset Lives. Long Live the Scientific Corset!Outside Authority Conference, www.outsideauthority.orgVirginia Tech, October 15, 2011Crystal Allene Cook, doctoral student, Virginia Tech
  2. 2. Why this presentation? The focus of futurists is often on a Utopian future, especially one in which ourintelligence is increased and our bodies become less important. Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  3. 3. Futurist RayKurzweilpredicts that we becomeimmortal andthat thechangesthroughtechnology towhat it meansto be humanare desirable. Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  4. 4. Or someone like the futurist Ramez Naampredicts:Most of all, descendents of ours will befantastically diverse. Where we are all alike inthe basic forms of our minds and bodies, theywill exist in a plethora of forms. Humanity willhave given birth not to one new species, not toa dozen new species, but to thousands, ormillions….our descendents will still look back.They’ll look back at this moment in our historyand marvel. To think that such primitivecreatures as Homo sapiens could give birth towhole new kingdoms of life! They could nothave understood what they were creating! Yetwe’re lucky that they had such a strong urge tochange and grow–this is why we’re here. (233) Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  5. 5. Thus, to these futurists,somewhere in a futuresoon....among computers,genetic engineering,biotech, surgery, andpharma.....at the veryleast... Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  6. 6. In the future,were all gonna be geniuses (if we arent already!) Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  7. 7. Hold on a minute, what about the body?Will we really embrace new ideals? Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  8. 8. So, to counter this purported Utopian future, I can build on my ownexperience and the experience of other women. I can look to history and the now. I can grab the authority to be just as wrong about the future as Ray Kurzweil and Ramez Naam! Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  9. 9. Limited my scope Female body (though male body also worth examining) Just the torso History of scientific, pseudoscientific, or with theuse of tech products for modification the last 100 yearsExamined a lot of stats worldwide on commerce, science, fashion, medicine currently in use (can see these at www.modifyme.info) Predicted potential futures for the female form/body and for the function of being female that are far less utopian Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  10. 10. Where tostart? Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  11. 11. An Anatomical Vindication ofthe Straight Front Corset, Science and Discovery, 1910, Current LiteratureIt is because of the fall of the viscera in woman when she imitated man by standing erect that induced such profound physiological displacements…that the corset is morphologically essential…Contour and the factors in evolution have never harmonized until the introduction of the “Princess” gown effect in female fashions. By flattening the abdomen, reducing the hips and emancipating the bust, the French corsetieres—who in reality originated the prevailing female form—have shown themselves anthropological in a very scientific sense.…. Theorists such as Naomi Wolf have long pointed out the move of corseting from an external technology to an internal one vis a vis plastic surgery, dieting, etc. In the article above we have a pseudoscientific apology for the need for women to be corseted. Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  12. 12. The “scientific corset” morphs, but is still with us. Left to right: straight front corset (1910-1920), girdle (1920s – now), gastric band (1950s – now), lower body lift surgery (1990s – now),rebranding of girdle as empowering choice through Spanx (2000s - now) Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  13. 13. Okay. So what about the female form of the future? Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  14. 14. If the past and the now are anyindications, in the future we will be using science, technology, commerce, medicine, etc. for MORE OF THE SAME but just maybe worse. Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  15. 15. More of the sameDid a search online for ”female + future + form” Our collective imagination for the form of the female in the futureGlowing see-through is relatively eyes, blue stripes, limited. Thelong tail, scarily long torso ideal fingers, as long as often remains youre hot, who the same. cares? Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  16. 16. Just maybe worse European Union Council Members, ages 43, 55, 70 US Attorney All women who can afford it start to look about General, Age 64 the same... age, shape, ethicity... compelled to do this for yourself, your children to ”get ahead”... Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  17. 17. If we look to the now, we can imagine a future in which... Female reproduction  Females are pre-selected extends indefinitely before birth for obedience, docility Reproduction is  Women are bio- eliminated for certain engineered with their females or relegated capacity for sexual to other women pleasure eliminated Women can birth  Women are relegated only to roles of sexual pleasure litters of children for males Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  18. 18. Lots more to think about....lots more to say....Many more pages to this project at www.modifyme.infoHappy for comments there, too... Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  19. 19. Encourage folksLots of work out there to be done on:Science and fashionTechnology and fashionMedicine and body modificationMedicine and fashion and commerceTheorizing of public and private body in technologyJust at a loss on some of this.... very hard to get my mindaround...leave you with April Dawn Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  20. 20. April Dawn 77′s YouTube channel A whole culture exists online of people documenting their modification through medicine-- this is April Dawns lower body lift. She has 70 videos up about this... Yet, she claims she would be mortified to walk on a beach in a bikini. A new space for inquiry seems to exists among what is hidden, what is medicine, what is modification, what is..... the extreme modification that may be the future for all of us... that can afford it.... Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  21. 21. Thanks! Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  22. 22. References, text-based“A Safe Procedure for Healthy Weight Loss | LAP-BAND®.” The Preferred Weight Loss Surgery | LAP-BAND®. Web. 01 May 2011.<http://www.lapband.com/en/learn_about_lapband/the_procedure_safety/>.Burns-Ardolino, Wendy A. Jiggle: (re)shaping American Women. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2007. Print.Cohen, Patricia. “Technology Advances; Humans Supersize—NYTimes.com.” The New York Times – Books. Web. 26 April 2011. < http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/27/books/robert-w-fogel-investigates-human-evolution.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha28>Elliott, Carl. Better than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004. Print.Hurwitz, Dennis J. Total Body Lift Surgery: Reshaping the Breasts, Chest, Arms, Thighs, Hips, Back, Waist, Abdomen & Knees after Weight Loss, Aging & Pregnancies. New York: MD Publish.com,2005. Print.Jones, Geoffrey. Beauty Imagined: a History of the Global Beauty Industry. New York: Oxford UP, 2010. Print.Kay, Lily E. Who Wrote the Book of Life?: a History of the Genetic Code. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 2000. Print.Kolata, Gina. “For the Overweight, Bad Advice by the Spoonful – NYTimes.com.” The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 29 Aug. 2007. Web. 01 May 2011.<http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-obesity-ess.html>.Kolata, Gina. “Overweight – Symptoms, Causes, Tests – NY Times Health Information.” Health News – The New York Times. Web. 01 May 2011.<http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/symptoms/obesity/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier>.“Lap-Band Surgery Houston | Laparoscopic | Lap-band Surgery Doctor Texas.” Weight Loss Surgery Houston | Bariatric Surgery Treatment | Gastric Bypass Surgery | Lap Band Surgery Houston,Texas | Sleeve Gastrectomy Texas. Web. Apr.-May 2011. <http://www.drbrianmirza.com/lap-band-system-houston.php>.Lower Body Lift, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Ted E. Lockwood MD, Volume 21, Issue 4, July 2001, Pages 355-370Munsch, Simone, and C. Beglinger. Obesity and Binge Eating Disorder. Basel: Karger, 2005. Print.Naam, Ramez. More than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. New York: Broadway, 2005. Print.“Plastic Surgery Rebounds Along with Recovering Economy.” The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Web. 01 May 2011. <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news-and-resources/press-release-archives/2011-press-release-archives/plastic-surgery-rebounds-along-with-recovering-economy.html>.Wheeler, Edward J. Ed. Science and Discovery, January – June 1910, Current Literature, Vol XLVIII, The Current Literature Publishing.Welcome to Spanx.com the Official Site of Spanx by Sara Blakely. Web. Apr. 2011. <http://www.spanx.com/home/index.jsp>.World Outlook Report 2006-2011: Women’s & Girls’ Corsets, Girdles & Combinations Made from Purchased Fabrics Excluding Surgical Corsets, 2005. Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011
  23. 23. Image Collage ReferencesCorsetImage from Fighting The Corsetless Evil: Shaping Corsets And Culture, 1900-1930 byJill Fields, Journal of Social History / Winter, 1999Spirella 1950sImage from: http://www.corsetiere.net/Spirella/Girdles/Girdles.htmGastric Band IllustrationImage from: http://www.drbrianmirza.com/lap-band-system-houston.phpLower Body LiftImage from: Lower Body Lift, Aesthetic Surgery Journal,Ted E. Lockwood MD, Volume 21, Issue 4, July 2001, Pages 355-370Spanx logoPart of the Spanx logo: http://www.spanx.com/home/index.jsp Crystal Allene Cook, Outside Authority Conference, Oct. 2011

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