“How did they ever have hanky panky?”

Novelist Deeanne Gist demonstrates the difficulties of using Victorian underwear in this short piece by Alexandra Alter at the wsj (there’s a video too. 😉 ).

“How did they ever have hanky panky?” asked novelist Annie Solomon.

With great effort, it turns out. Women wore blouses under their corsets—making actual bodice ripping fairly pointless. Corsets fastened in front and laced up the back and couldn’t be undone in a single passionate gesture. “You’ll see pictures of corsets on bare skin. That’s completely historically inaccurate,” Ms. Gist told her audience.