Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Haven't we heard this somewhere before?

This sounds all too familiar:

There was also the business of the low marriage rate. [..] Some blamed feminism, others blamed men.  The Freeman took the middle line: 'It is said that men have grown selfish.  They shirk the trials,  the expenses, the dangers of matrimony.  They prefer the selfish ease of bachelor life.  But men are not wholly to blame.  If men are not longer attracted it is because women are no longer attractive.  It is the domestic virtues that make a home desirable.  For womanly women there will always be marrying men' (June 1907)".  - Tony Farmar, Ordinary Lives, chp 3 - Daily Lives in 1907.

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