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Swanson, Getting a Grip on the Corset: A Feminist Analysis of Patent Law

Swanson, Getting a Grip on the Corset: A Feminist Analysis of Patent Law (SSRN paper link via LegalHistory Blog)

Just looking at the picture makes me feel slouchy and hungry.

As American women donned their corsets daily, they were enacting an intimate relationship with a heavily patent-protected technology. The corset during these decades was deeply embedded both within the social construction of gender and sexuality, as a marker of femininity and respectability, and within the United States patent system, as a commercial good in which many claimed intellectual property
rights.

Thanks to IFLS member/Osgoode grad student/lawyer Mary Stokes for sending this link!