Thursday, May 20, 2021

Dangers of Reading

 Can you imagine a world without reading, if you were a woman?  At the time listed, women were little more than a breeder, servant, a stay-at-home mother and wife.  








Why were women discouraged from reading? “In Madame Bovary, I think Flaubert is channeling a century of worries about young women as particularly susceptible to the fantasies they find in novels and the seductions of reading,” Margaret Cohen, a professor of French language, literature and civilization, told Op-Talk.

From the late 18th century through the middle of the 19th, she added, women “were considered to be in danger of not being able to differentiate between fiction and life.”

Try that again, and bad things will happen to men who try to dictate who and what a woman was. Bring it, and see how women react to that.  







28 comments:

  1. Of all the oppressions that have been in this world, the oppression of women has been over the longest and most heart breaking. Looking back, it is still hard to believe that even the Caucasian race were as oppressive as the Muslim world. REading history correct Western novels has had this hit me even harder.
    Reading WAS/IS a wonderful escape....
    Sending good thoughts and love out your way from the first coast. Sherry & jack

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    1. It should embarrass mankind that womenkind have to struggle.

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  2. My grandmother was born and raised in Victorian times. She firmly believed that too much reading would harm a young girl's brain. She lectured my Mom not to let me read too much and used to hide my library books.

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    1. My grandmother was raised in those times. She was brilliant, studied to be a pharmacist. She loaned books throughout my life.

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  3. My wife would have been a rebel. She reads all the time, she was born with a book. :)

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  4. It just goes to show that when you're brain washed as a kid it can stick with you your whole life. Luckily the brain washing doesn't 'take' in many people. They're the ones that change the world.

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  5. Certain men and women are delusional when it comes to fiction. Just look too today's political climate. But I digress. Poppycock! And we must be careful not to bruise a man's delicate ego. Where did they come up with all that rubbish?

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    1. Ph, it has been that way since the beginning of time.

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  6. It is amazing how much has been kept from women over the centuries. And it continues to happen. Sigh.

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    1. Women's rights have been hundreds of years overdue.

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  7. It started in the Garden: "The woman that YOU gave me caused it!"

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  8. I learned to read at age three and there hasn't been a single day since then that I haven't read at least two chapters and many times more each day. I think I'd get twitchy if I didn't have something to read.

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  9. I was seven when I told the class in show and tell that my great aunt (my grandmother's sister) was a doctor. The teacher said she might be a nurse, and I kept insisting she was a doctor. The next day, my grandmother sent the teacher a note saying her sister was a MEDICAL doctor who worked in Kansas City, MO. The teacher told the class I was right, that my aunt was a doctor. The teacher would have been floored if she knew my grandmother had run a successful business after her first husband died, even though she had a degree in teaching. My entire family read. The teacher in kindergarten told my grandmother that I should not be reading because I was so far ahead of everyone else who were just learning their ABCs. I can't believe how even women like my kindergarten teacher were trying to keep girls down so they didn't excel. I hope those days are past us now.

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    1. I wonder what happened to the teacher? Such mind-set is so wrong in many ways.

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  10. The moment I learned to read I was addicted to reading and it hasn't stopped. My parents both were readers, evenings were often spent reading in the living room. It is hard for me to understand how someone doesn't like reading. And to keep women from reading... yeah, they could get some ideas! How sad that even women joined that chorus. Big sigh.

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    1. Having few choices, Victorian girls either got married or became a governess for the more elite women.

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  11. It was a way of clipping a woman's wings, thank God it isn't like that now.

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    1. Any man who tried to cram women down into a mold would suffer dire consequences.

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  12. I have always had books in the house.
    I enjoy reading, so do the family.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Reading takes me away from my life to a time long ago, or ahead.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!