"Fainting couches" have their origins in the 19th century, when women commonly swooned and fainted regularly. But why? The most common theory is that ladies wore tightly laced corsets that made it hard to breathe. But that's not the only reason. Explore the idea in the video below.
Why Did Women Faint So Much In The 19th Century?
It wasn't just the corsets.
What Was It Like To Be A Woman In the 19th Century?
U.S. history as seen through the lens of women.
What Was Female Hysteria?
Hear about this long forgotten medical diagnosis.
Written by Curiosity Staff October 13, 2016
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