Wednesday, 2 September 2015

19th Century advice for the 21st Century Woman (Part 1)

19th century advice for women


Nowadays if I want to know how to be a girl I can take to Google, pick up a glossy magazine or trawl through infographics on Pinterest. I can find blogs and Facebook pages, Twitter chats and YouTube gurus all at the click of a mouse to teach me how to be a woman. How did women - well, become women without all of this accessible information?

Back in the 1890s a young woman would be presented with The Lady’s Book of MANNERS. Everything from love, courtship, marriage, conversation, composition and what was or was not appropriate to wear to bed. Move over Cosmo and your guide to finding the G - I’ve got me some courting to brush up on first!



19th century -

“Attention to the person is the first necessity of good manners…make your own person the first lesson”

21st century - 

So like you own Instagram selfies, Facebook posts and re-tweet yourself! You’ve got to show yourself the love first!



19th century -

“You have a right to go about with unwashed hands and face, and to wear soiled garments…you have no right to offend the sense of others by displaying such”

21st century - 

That’s what Instagram filters are for. And the reason there is no such as ‘Smellagram’ (Imagine the horror!)



19th century -

“Those who have refined manners should pity those without”

21st century - 

So no more ‘liking’ drunken selfies. A polite, comment about their inability to hold alcohol will suffice. Poor dears.



19th century - 

“You should wash the whole body with pure soft water”

21st century - 

So a bath full of Evian? Serena Williams, you are one high-class lady!




If you could go back and be a lady in any century - which would it be and why?

Until next time,




4 comments:

  1. Haha😃 Very thought - provoking post! I can't seem to decide which lady I would choose to be - 19th or 21st century?!
    Although if truth be told, I am somewhat drawn to the 19th century ethos - maybe I'm just old-fashioned that way, Ha ha😃
    Loved your post!
    Xxx
    Lindsay L.
    www.faithfullyme.co.uk

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    1. I'm really drawn to the 19th century too! There's just something about it, though I'm sure if we lived back then we'd find something to complain about haha! I do love how much has changed in just a century though, amazing!

      Sarah :)

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  2. Haha, this makes me scared of what guides will be like in the future!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Eek the thought alone makes me shudder!

      Sarah :)

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