I was just watching Gosford Park and whilst doing so it occurred to me that films that are set in early last century, and possibly before, have a lot of women fainting scenes.
Now is it just a myth, or are there social reasons why women don't faint anymore? Is it just not cool to faint now, or was it only the women that wanted attention that used to do it? Was it because the clothes they used to wear were so tight and impractical, like those stupid corset things, that a simple gasp would empty the lungs and render the poor girl without oxygen? Was a faint just an exaggerated swoon of emotion? Or were they just seizures and panic attacks?
Do women still faint? Do men ever faint? I've never seen anyone of all the variations of the two sexes faint in real life. Does anyone know anyone else that faints a lot? What is a faint anyway? What's happening in neurological terms? Should I have looked up wikipedia before posting this?
If anyone knows the definitive answer, please don't post it straight away. I'd rather hear some people's bizarre theories first.