Throughout history, there have been some very disturbing beliefs about womankind, specifically concerning the way their bodies work.
In the Victorian Era, highly esteemed thinkers in science and medicine built upon existing prejudices and published outlandish “facts” about female anatomy.
Thank goodness most have been disproven, but some still linger on.
Take a look…
10. You Wouldn’t Say A Woman Had A Big Mouth Back Then
Ever heard the phrase, “women have big mouths?” It’s a modern term that refers to women being bigger talkers than men.
Women didn’t have big mouths back in Aristotle’s day. They were to be seen and not heard, but they also were thought to have smaller mouths–literally.
Even though Aristotle was a scientist, he drew the odd conclusion that women have fewer teeth than men because they are naturally inferior to men.
9. Women Had Wombs That Went For Walks
Around 430 BC, a man named Hippocrates coined the medical term “hysteria.”
Any time a woman was brought in for care because of mental illness, the diagnosis would be “wandering womb” also known as “hysteria.”
The definition of hysteria: when a woman’s uterus moves as a parasite around her body, throwing her into fits.
Speaking of wombs, #7 is sure to offend you.
8. “Unclean” “Unclean”
Since the beginning of our knowledge of women in society, we’ve seen how they’ve been branded outcasts for things that are supposed to be natural.
The book of Leviticus in the Bible states that when a woman is on her period she has to yell out “unclean” when approached, lest she and the person to approach her be defiled and everything around them burned.
We still see these kinds of practices today. In places like Africa, women are often sent to isolated huts until their menstruation has stopped.
7. Pursuing Knowledge Meant Giving Up Your Right To Be A Mother
Harvard professor Edward H. Clark wrote a book called Sex in Education, or A Fair Chance For The Girls in which he claimed that educating women is a mistake that leads to irritability, which in turn leads to infertility.
Clark’s theories were debunked in 1885 by three women scholars. Go figure.
6. If You Use Tampons, You Are No Longer A Virgin
In the 1930s when Tampax was introduced, most young girls weren’t allowed to use them because their parents feared they would lose their virginity.
In the 1940s, articles had to be published regularly to assure parents that letting their daughters use tampons wouldn’t lead to loss of virginity.
#1 is proof that fear is still a dictator.