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One explanation for the Victorian era’s reputation for prudishness might be that people were literally straight-laced—so encumbered by their weighty and elaborate undergarments that any effort to remove them was more draining than exhilarating. The phrase “whalebone corset” isn’t half as arousing as “lace teddy.” Cricket Bauer will discuss Victorians’ secrets in conjunction with the display “For Grace and Propriety: Corsets, Crinolines, Bustles, and Assorted Elements of Victorian Dress” at 2 p.m. at the DAR Museum Gallery, 1776 D St. NW. FREE. For reservations call (202) 879-3239. (Dave Nuttycombe)