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Historian discovers amazing new facts that nobody ever knew before

Another condescending feminist wants to learn us that our view of Georgian womanhood is all wrong:

Sexual favours, swearing and drinking – why everything we think about 19th century women is wrong

 

The imminent adaptation of Emma, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, which happily promises to be more searingly comic than most, nevertheless presents the cast of usual suspects: pretty, well-heeled young ladies destined for romantic entanglement; meek female subservients; faintly ludicrous old spinsters. It’s the model of Georgian womanhood we’ve come to feel comfortable with.

It’s an embarrassing piece. Apparently we all think that all nineteenth-century woman, all of them, are like the genteel upper-class women in elegant Jane Austen-style novels. But wait ‘ til you hear the amazing news that this genius has discovered — not everyone in the nineteenth century lives like they’re in an Austen novel! Apparently there were rude and badly-behaved lower class people in the nineteenth century! Hard to believe, I know, but she has compelling evidence. And she says that there were women convicts too, and get this — they didn’t always have their little finger uplifted when they drank tea. In fact, some of them behaved damnably:

The year is 1821 and the John Bull, a female convict ship, is sailing its disputatious cargo from Cork to Port Jackson – now better known as Sydney Harbour.

 

Charged with maintaining their welfare, the surgeon-superintendent Dr William Elyward has spent weeks recording the challenges he has faced in his remarkable journal – which I recently uncovered in the course of my research. It is a warts and all insight into the women on board: some fight with the sailors on deck; others offer sexual favours in return for tobacco; some hide in chests to skip Church in favour of drinking; many spew forth streams of “obscene language”.

Scoff ye not, it’s all real. None of us knew anything about this, did we? We all thought bad behaviour had been invented in the jazz age. We all thought that every woman in the nineteenth century lived respectable lives in country mansions. But we now we have to adjust our simple little minds, for finally we have some real history.

Next thing you know we’ll be discovering that not everyone in the medieval period was a knight on a holy quest.

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4 thoughts on “Historian discovers amazing new facts that nobody ever knew before

  1. I’m reminded of one of the most important achievements of Florence Nightingale being that she turned nursing from a job that was little more than prostitution to one that was an actual profession.

    The reason she was the ‘lady of the lamp’ was she did not trust the other nurses to not fuck the patients, so forbade them from being in the wards at night.

  2. One wonders if Ms. Brand would be equally surprised to learn about the lives of her contemporary women? After all, about two thirds of young women do not go to college, even in these fallen times. Yet the implicit assumption in most discussion among our betters is that every young woman goes to college and then gets an office job somewhere which supports an Upper Middle Class lifestyle.

    Oh well! Personally, I take solace in the knowledge that today’s feminist insanity is unsustainable. What tomorrow’s insanity will be, we shall all simply have to wait to see.

  3. It’s all there in the Captain Aubrey novels of Patrick O’Brian. I suppose everything has to be rediscovered every 25 years now that university libraries no longer seem to contain books

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