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.

5 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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