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A recent episode of the Doctor Oz show listed women’s most embarrassing health problems — all those squirm-inducing bodily dysfunctions that can shred one’s dignity and which mock our efforts to control them. And topping the list? Excessive perspiration.

Yes, plain old sweating beat …

Articulated pannier and whalebone corset, circa 1740-60

The pursuit of a perfect figure — however culture and custom defined it — has transfixed humanity for centuries. And a new exhibition opening in Paris today reveals that this most unapologetic expression of vanity isn’t confined to …

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