Ovarian Optical Illusion

“If a woman of twenty-five to thirty-five were to suffer the loss of both ovaries, she would probably go very early into a condition of senile decay, and, in a few years after the operation, might easily pass for a woman of fifty-five to sixty-five.”

Dr. Hall’s Sexual Knowledge


Is this an old woman or a young lady? Only her ovaries know for sure!


Of Honeymoons and Headaches

(On wedding tours)

“Custom prescribes a journey immediately after marriage, of a week or a month or two. It is an unwise provision. The event itself is disturbance enough for the system; and to hurried hither and thither, stowed in narrow berths and inconvenient carriages, troubled with baggage, and annoyed by the importunities of cabmen, waiters, and hangers-on of every description, is enough, in ordinary times, to test the temper of a saint.

“The foundation of many an unhappy future is laid on the wedding tour. Not only is the young wife tried beyond all her experience, and her nervous system harassed, but the husband, too, partakes of her weakness. Many men, who really love the women they marry, are subject to a slight revulsion of feeling for a few days after marriage. . . A half regret crosses their minds for the jolly bachelorhood they have renounced.”

–The Physical Life of Woman


Told ya so.


Shall a white woman choose a black man to be her husband?

“Three centuries ago, Shakespeare, who had probably never seen a score of negroes in his life, with the divination of a genius, felt the repugnance which a refined woman would feel to accepting one as her husband. The plot of one of his plays turns on it. . . It is, indeed, ‘nature erring from itself’ which prompts these marriages. They are not sterile, but the children are sickly and short-lived. Very few mulattoes reach an old age.

Then it is well known that the black race cannot survive a northern climate. Dr. Snow, of Providence, Rhode Island, who has given great attention to the study of statistics, says emphatically that, in New England, the colored population inevitably perish in a few generations if left to themselves.”

Oh, but wait! There’s more!

“The children born of a union of the black and red race, negroes and Indians, are, on the contrary, remarkable for their physical vigor and mental acuteness; though, of course, the latter is limited to the demands of a semi-barbarous life.”

–The Physical Life of Woman


Where to even begin . . .

I’m not sure why Shakespeare needed to have seen 20 black people. Wouldn’t one suffice to create a work of literature based around racism?