An 1889 Magazine Asked Women Why They Think They’re Single. The Replies Were Hilarious

We are lucky to be born in an era where being single is generally acceptable and considered normal. Women in the Victorian era didn’t have that same privilege. During the Victorian period, women only had three main roles in life – to marry, run households, and raise families. And because the era was more attributed to strict gender ideals and stereotypes than any time in history, women who chose to be unmarried became the subject of public ridicule.

Aside from their sharply defined role, women in the Victorian society also had limited rights and privileges. They were denied the chance of an education and they did not have a lot of freedom in their job choices. However, these unjust restrictions provoked Victorian women to push for their rights and speak their minds. In the late Victorian period, more women have stepped out of gender stereotyping in an attempt to foster gender equality. One of the rights they were proposing was the right to be single without being singled-out by the society.

Victorian Magazine Asked Its Female Readers The Reason Why They Preferred To Be Single And The Savage Responses Were Hilarious

With more and more women choosing to be single, Tit-Bits From All The Most Interesting Books and Newspapers in The World (more commonly known as Tit-Bits) ran a competition on its April 1889 edition magazine. The competition, which was called The Spinsters’ Prize, was offered to single women where they only need to answer the question – Why Am I A Spinster? The one with the best answer would be proclaimed the winner. But since they received lots of good responses, the publishers couldn’t just pick one and had to publish the best 21 answers. Of course, the prize had to be divided among the multiple winners.

Public historian Dr. Bob Nicholson stumbled upon this interesting article when he was searching through old issues of Tit-Bits magazines. Specializing in Victorian pop culture, Dr. Nicholson was researching on 19th century jokes published on Victorian magazines. While he was reading the Tit-Bits magazine April 1889 edition, the article caught his interest and discovered something that many of us didn’t know about Victorian women. Based from their hilariously savage answers, the article just showed that women in this Victorian period were as badass as modern women.

 

Take A Closer Look At The Hilariously Savage Reasons Why These Spinsters Prefer To Be Single

single women victorian era emaline lawrence

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single women victorian era laura bax

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single women victorian era annie newton

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single women victorian era lizzie moore

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tit-bits magazine spinsters prize annie thompson

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tit-bits magazine spinsters prize miss sparrow

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single women victorian era e jones

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tit-bits magazine spinsters prize jessie davies

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tit-bits magazine spinsters prize sarah kennerly

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tit-bits magazine spinsters prize florence watts

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single women victorian era sa roberts

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Dr. Nicholson shared some screenshots of the article on Twitter. And all the witty responses from the single women of the Victorian era will get you nodding in approval. It’s also notable to mention that Tit-Bits magazine, for some reason, included the winners’ full addresses on the article which is now considered unlawful in today’s publication. Dr. Nicholson took advantage of this information and was able to trace one of the winners named Florence Watts. He even obtained a census record of Florence Watts which he also shared on his Twitter post.

 

 

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Source: Twitter