Imprison the Inconvenient Women

In these tumultuous times, I think it is important for women not to forget their history.  It hasn’t been that long since a man could have a female family member committed to an asylum for most anything, including a perceived display of female sexuality.  Being a pregnant single woman would be one of many reasons you could end up at the asylum.

This post, Sex and the Asylum: Imprisoning Inconvenient Women , at dirtysexyhistory is a must read, if you are interested in history, feminism or women’s rights.

8 thoughts on “Imprison the Inconvenient Women”

  1. Wow, this brought back an unpleasant memory, re how a short time ago women could still be “committed”… in 1991, not nearly the “Dark Ages”, a brother discussed with the rest of the family (behind my back) that it would be the right move on my behalf to have me involuntarily hospitalized, indefinitely (till my insurance ran out). I’d love to think it came from sincere caring, following my quite close suicide attempt–but actually, in various ways, the whole group conveyed that I was too much trouble…because I’m “different” and just didn’t fit in with them, before and after this “burdensome episode”. Eventually I realized I’d never have a chance at sanity, and some quality of life, unless I opted out of the family.

    The fact that every one of them have their own issues, just as destructive to themselves and others, seemed lost in their zeal to lock me away from them. I’ve come a long way, on my own…I hope they’ve made healthy choices for themselves.

    I can’t watch Hallmark movies…the way they present families who, even if they do have problems, always reconcile in the end. As a Christian, I believe in the possibility of reconciliation, acceptance with LOVE–and desired it greatly; but not all prayers get answered, and I had to find my peace and contentment apart from family who never accepted me, and likely never will.

    Thanks for letting me share–I hope I didn’t take up too much space…you’re welcome to delete my comment. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Hi, thank you so much for stopping by and for your heartfelt comment.
      So sorry about what your family did to you.
      I have had my own issues with family. My dad was an alcoholic and I became the family “scapegoat” so no one would have to face the real issues.
      I’m sorry that this brought back bad memories. We still have a long way to go, and this is part of the reason I posted this.
      I feel these tumultuous times in the US means we are going backward not forward.
      I hear you about being “different”. Being loved by me meant I was to follow a very narrow path.
      So glad you stopped by to share your experience.

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      1. Oh YES, “scapegoat”, and conditional love (following a very narrow path). I’m so sorry for your experience, truly…we are, and have, a lot of “sisters”. But oh how I’ve discovered how STRONG many of us are!!! It’s good that we can find one another in a safe space, and “get some of the pain out”, to see that we are not alone…even if we’ve been treated like aliens. For me, it’s because of a living breathing faith in God–not a “magic wand”, but vital to me. Bless you ❤

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  2. Hi. I’m so happy you posted this. During my 36 years as a teacher during March, Women’s History Month, my students did extensive research about the many women who impacted history and the difficult struggles many women endured since the birth of our nation. In fact, I wrote a grant in the early 2000’s called “Herstory” to receive funds to get biographies on noteworthy women in American History. The first submission was rejected (believe it or not), because it only includied women! I resubmitted it adding men to the grant and changed the title to “An American Celebration”. I combined Presidents, Black History month and Women’s History. I therefore combined February and March which included men too, and suddenly, I was awarded the grant, receiving quite a lot of money and tons of children’s biographies about women, Presidents, First Ladies, and African Americans (male and female.)….all who made a difference in our country. Interesting that women alone weren’t enough to get funding! Either way, Nellie Bly was a favorite among the girls. Her work in exposing the injustices perpetrated on women in institutions was eye opening. Both the girls and the boys were shocked at the barbaric practices that took place during the time period you mention.

    But what is most telling, in 2016 I was already retired. I saved many of my women’s history books and also those on the President’s. During the 2016 election my grandchildren were in kindergarten and first grade. I brought out some of my educational President coloring books, and my grandson, who was a first grader then, looked at it and asked, “Grandma, these are just the boys. Where are the lady Presidents?” I explained to him that we’ve never had a woman President. His comment was, “ That’s not fair.” My grand daughter looked up shocked and said. “Grandma, that makes me mad! Girls can be good Presidents too”.
    I was so happy to experience their response. None of my students ever questioned it before. But these babies did! They were still young enough to not have been brainwashed by society yet. Needless to say, my granddaughter now is in 2nd grade and has given up her princess tiara and is considering becoming President one day. (That is when she’s not dressed as Wonder Woman). So thankfully the times they are a changing! We have a long way to go and we must never forget the past and how hard women fought to get to where we are today!

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    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. Our country has a long way to go. Your research sounds very interesting.
      I have a 20 year old daughter and have been mortified during the past couple years that she is seeing our county go backward instead of forward.

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      1. Yes, it is very scary to see all the progress we’ve made go downhill. I protested and marched for equality in the late 60’s and 70’s and never dreamed I’d still be marching all these years later. All we can do is continue to fight. My sons grew up used to having a progressive mom. But now I have to make sure my grandkids continue to push for equality and tolerance.

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