I'm always a sucker for a book with random facts and tidbits. This one did not disappoint. Unmentionable gives insight on what life was like for the women of the Victorian era past the surface of what is usually talked about in history. It's written in a funny sometimes snarky tone and will definitely make you happy to be a modern woman.
Busts some popular Victorian myths and informs with icky detail the reality of what daily life was like 150 years ago. Audiobook is excellent! Looking forward to her next book, Ungovernable.
It just occurred to me as I was returning this that I never got around to stating how much I enjoyed reading it, but I very much did. It's an endless barrage of truly horrifying facts that had me ranting to my friends for days afterward told in arguably the best way to get through without losing your mind: unrelenting sarcasm.
Equal parts entertaining and eye-opening. I have a tendency to romanticize, well most things, and this book did it‘s best to burst my bubble by shedding light on the undesirable parts of the Victorian age. While I‘m definitely thankful for indoor plumbing and modern medicine, I‘ll always love those big, smelly, impractical dresses.
Perhaps there is still time to get your perfect beach body before summer!!
This was a fun, humorous, slightly horrifying glimpse back into the Victorian era in the realms of fashion, medicine, and etiquette as it specifically referred to women of the period. Let‘s just say I‘m glad I live in the 21st century, even with its many flaws.
Flawless reasoning 😂
If you enjoy history, especially about women‘s lives, this is densely populated with information. Its comedic attitude helps the bitter realities go down more easily. I thought it was funny. Until it was just overwhelmingly sad and depressing. The misogyny, people.
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After finishing this book, this still stands out to me - under a bajillion layers of clothing, the Victorian lady went commando in the crotch area, like Paris Hilton. It apparently had to do with the impossibility of lifting those skirts to go to the bathroom. Who would have thunk?
#nfbuddyread @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I quite enjoyed this snarky look at the past, It‘s so interesting to look into a past we continually romanticize (and some what to return to those glorified eras), but I love these looks back with modern eyes, and the stark reminder that not everything was rose-tinted. Life was hard and progress, with the science, knowledge, and understanding that created it, isn‘t something we should ever wish away.
And divorce men who hurt us. And do whatever work we want or need to do to make our lives as we would have them.”
“Come on. We‘ll grab some fat-free froyo, text our partners to remind them they promised to make stir-fry tonight. We‘ll fill a shopping cart to spilling with safe, effective ibuprofen and tampons and shampoo. Just because we can.”
Best Conclusion! 😂👍
Keep nudging ladies, together now!
In this snarky look at the Victorian underbelly, or rather, underskirt, Therese O‘Neill tells us all a lady needs to survive in this romantic era of filth, diseases, complete subjugation of women, and crotchless underwear. We learn (or rather, are told by Victorian men), how to menstruate, stay innocent until wedding night, cope with our husband‘s syphillis, flirt with a kerchief, and where to put our forks at dinner. Lots of fun. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Okay, so pinching is not massage. And I should know, since I‘m a fancy board-certified massage therapist. Not the other, either. But, hey, if massage solves what ails us, I guess that‘s better than a lot of the other Victorian cures.
p.s. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa , I did power through today and finish. 👊🏻🤸🏼♂️🤸🏼♀️🤸🏼♂️🤸🏼♀️🤸🏼♂️
It is good to know that the whole you can‘t win no matter what you do, there is no perfect middle ground really, “dammed if you do, damned if you don‘t” has always been baked into the female ideal.
I fell like this whole section backs up what we read in The Beauty Myth and then takes it back another 100 years! @BarbaraTheBibliophage
...”The presence of a single married lady, who may or may not be a crone, will mitigate this, and you then may walk as a group. Although you really ought not, unless you can get your brother or father to come, too. It can‘t be your cousin, because although eugenics is a booming area of study, intermarriage of first cousins is considered acceptable and cannot be considered otherwise as long as Victoria,” (cont. below)
And now you know, through all the centuries that woman were supposed to do, well not a lot, they were expected to be good cooks! It was vitally important.
She goes on to say: “A slice of burnt toast in the morning could trigger a terrifying series of events. It makes one wonder how many lives might have been spared if just one of Genghis Khan‘s concubines had known her way around a kitchen.”😂
Just in case you thought the hygiene and social status of woman was overlookable in your quest to get to the “romantic” 19th century, think about the food. 🤢
Did you ever wonder what Victorian women did with their periods or if it‘s possible to flirt using handkerchief sign language? Curious about the state of Victorian toilets? This is the book for you. It‘s both interesting and fun to read and I can‘t wait to read her new book coming out next month.
Flirting will ruin you and shorten your life, whether you‘re male or female. Worse effects for females though. No flirting!
Quite a few good laughs in tonight‘s reading. I have no wish to time travel any earlier than 1960.
#unmentionable #NFbuddyread @Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa
And not only is it dirtier and stinkier than you thought, wow the racism....you know why you can feel all this, because you are not hardened by....hardship. Those others, who can not complain about it, obviously don‘t feel it either. 🙄
And hey, this is some of the same thinking that still leads Black Women to get less care, be taken less seriously, and have worse outcomes in our medical system today.
So if you are crabby and “fairly insane against your husband” during your time, it‘s because you aren‘t having your period properly! Obstinate lady, do it correctly and everything will be fine!🙄
Well... I understand the whole town in the movie Footloose so much better now, and maybe those people who were aghast that AOC danced in college and found it disqualifying. 😱 Just trying to save them from a ”feeble middle life”...gotta save the ladies from themselves and their primitive instincts.🙄
“Wow betide the unfortunate trifler!” 😂
Sorry this chapter is sad and cracking me up, so glad distinguished doctors (like phrenologists) were around to tell women the right way to go about this natural process.
Why are the dresses so intricate, because they are NEVER washed🤷♀️
This book is horrible (thank god we didn‘t live then) and horribly funny!
The History of the pre-indoor plumbing era:
“How much poorer history would be if there hadn‘t been so many artistically talented perverts in days gone by.” 😂
Starting this one tonight, and I‘m loving the snarkiness already! This might be just the NF shift I was looking for after a bunch of earnest political candidate reads! 😉
I‘m very glad to be in my super comfy (and a little goofy looking) pajama pants while I read about outhouses, corsets, and super dirty streets. And wine because I want it. Not because it‘s safer than massively contaminated water.
#blameitonlitsy both have been on my radar and I just finally gave in, after so many different posts. Plus I hadn‘t realized the black lagoon one had come out! I wasn‘t going to buy any books until I had a serious dent in my pile BUT 2018 was a low non fiction read year and it kind of bummed me out. I barely have any non fiction in my stack so I I really just had to get these to make sure I had some non fiction in the mix this year.
Mansplaining ca. 1890.
“The highest [best] type of bosom... is not only placed well upon the chest, but can be best described as of slightly pine-apple form.”
@Weaponxgirl @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa
I have started reading Unmentionable for the #nfbuddyread. I also wanted to show off my tulips. It is still cold but if we have tulips, spring could not be far away, right?
Meh. This is one of those books that‘s not bad but you don‘t love it either. The whole humour is based of the idea that you wanted to live like these heroines and that was flawed for me. I‘m very fond of voting, contraception, painkillers ect. I know I don‘t want to live in the past already so sometimes the humour fell flat. It did though make me laugh on occasion too and it‘s very quick and easy to read. It‘s ok
Yea, sorry to be that person but a book that‘s trying to dispel our rose tinted glasses about the past went full on beer goggles for our own.
If this was true a living wage wouldn‘t even need to be discussed and people in essential roles for society wouldn‘t be treated like they were idiots and unskilled in certain professions.
Maybe that explains it then?
Started this for #NFbuddyread and it‘s very snarky.
Just a reminder, @BarbaraTheBibliophage and I are starting a laid back non-fiction Buddy Read. Here are our picks for March and April, anyone who wants to join in, grab a book, request it from the library, and post under the tag anytime you post about the book during the month, and we can discuss as we go.
@BarbaraTheBibliophage and I started a little non-formal #NFBuddyRead to catch up on some of the books we already had on our TBR lists or sitting on our shelves (a bunch that we picked up on various kindle sales). Right now we are reading The Color of Law, and for March we are going to read Unmentionable.
If anyone is interested in joining us, please feel free to dig out your copy or request it from the library. We‘d love to read with you.
Well. Apart from being slightly disgusting & that awful chapter at the end about hysteria & a females lack of having a say about her body or future, it was an hilarious read. I don‘t think it would work as well on audio, it‘s the pictures that make it so entertaining. 4⭐️ #NonFiction2019 #SomethingThatMadeYouLaugh #MountTBR2019 #Bk6 #LitsyAtoZ2019 #LetterU & #LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #BookPickedByALittenYouAdmire
As amusing as the rest of the book is, the last chapters are mostly about the realities of how bad it could get for females at that time. Especially if you, god forbid, had a mind of your own. The fact that the man who invented cornflakes is also preaching female circumcision is just barbaric. And this was also for girls who had the misfortune of hitting puberty early.
This just keeps getting better! Seating arrangements for the 19th century house. Even having friends over needs the plotting of a major-general.
This book is hilarious! And also makes me so very very glad I wasn‘t born before the 20th Century!
“Unnatural positions will cause derangement and bearing down of the womb...and sometimes will originate tumors and fungi in the private parts.” 😳🍄