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Living Made Easy: Prescription for scolding wives, printed by J. Netherclift, pub. 1830 by T. McLean (print)

Living Made Easy: Prescription for scolding wives, printed by J. Netherclift, pub. 1830 by T. McLean (print)


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Living Made Easy: Prescription for scolding wives, printed by J. Netherclift, pub. 1830 by T. McLean (print)

XND70432 Living Made Easy: Prescription for scolding wives, printed by J. Netherclift, pub. 1830 by T. McLean (print); Private Collection

Media ID 38064412

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Sexism Sexist Force Feeding Laughing Gas


EDITORS COMMENTS
This satirical print from 1830 titled "Living Made Easy: Prescription for scolding wives" is a stark reminder of the sexist attitudes prevalent in society during that time. The image depicts a man force-feeding his wife laughing gas, as a supposed remedy for her "scolding" behavior. This disturbing portrayal highlights the deeply ingrained misogyny and gender stereotypes that women were subjected to in the past. The use of laughing gas as a form of punishment or control over women reflects the dehumanizing treatment they often faced at the hands of men. It serves as a chilling reminder of how women's voices and opinions were silenced and dismissed, simply because they dared to speak out or assert themselves. Despite its dark subject matter, this print also offers an opportunity for reflection on how far we have come in terms of gender equality and women's rights. While such blatant displays of sexism may no longer be socially acceptable today, it is important to acknowledge our history and work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all. Through art like this, we are reminded of the importance of challenging harmful stereotypes and standing up against discrimination in all its forms. Let us continue to strive towards a world where everyone is treated with respect and dignity, regardless of their gender.

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