Tuberculosis not included.
Many people like to reminisce about the Good Old Days, but for most, it doesn't go all the way back to a time before women could vote. If it does, the fascination doesn't usually extend beyond the pages of a book. For Sarah A. Chrisman, her academic interest is her lifestyle.
In a First Person essay for Vox, Chrisman explains how she and her husband have come to live as if they are in the Victorian era, and how that lifestyle has evolved since she got her first corset.
Every morning I wind the mechanical clock in our parlor. Each day I write in my diary with an antique fountain pen that I fill with liquid ink using an eyedropper. My inkwell and the blotter I use to dry the ink on each page before I turn it are antiques from the 1890s; I buy my ink from a company founded in 1670. My sealing wax for personal letters comes from the same company, and my letter opener was made sometime in the late Victorian era from a taxidermied deer foot.
The couple feel like they are frequently victimized by others for their lifestyle choices. "We live in a world that can be terribly hostile to difference of any sort. Societies are rife with bullies who attack nonconformists of any stripe," she writes, "Gabriel's workout clothes were copied from the racing outfit of a Victorian cyclist, and when he goes swimming, his hand-knit wool swim trunks raise more than a few eyebrows — but this is just the least of the abuse we've taken. "
You know who also was victimized by "bullies"? Literally everyone in the actual Victorian era.