Sara has found something rather interesting to inspire us for her writing prompt this week. You can find out more and read the entire list here
This week’s Challenge: Write on one or more, “Reasons for Admission“
Admissions to a Women’s Insane Asylum, 1864-1889
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Some of the reasons stated are indeed baffling, and some even ludicrous.
I get the impression that women were not allowed to get excited or enthusiastic about anything and as for the dreaded PMT (or PMS in US), definitely a committal offence if Menstrual Deranged, Periodic fits, Women Trouble or Imaginary Female Trouble are anything to go by.
It goes to show that men had no idea how to handle a woman in those days, especially if she had her own opinions, desires, and perhaps dreams of a career, especially in politics! So much easier to simply state they were insane and have them carted off to an institution.
Makes you wonder what would have become of our two lady PMs as well as a certain duchess and her ego. Blimey.