Sexism: Historical Edition
April 19, 2009 § 4 Comments
So… I was just minding my own business, attempting to get through my history homework on one of those depressing Sundays when one side of you is fully aware of the fact that you have school tomorrow and the other side of you just wants to sit watching that Law and Order: CI marathon while eating left-over Easter candy (have I shared too much?), when I came across this gem in my textbook:
Immigrants with chalk marks were herded to the left, while most went to the right, filing by a matron who searched the faces of women for evidence of “loose character.”
If such evidence was found, the woman would be turned away and sent back to her country of origin.
No such test was given to men.
Gotta love that good old fashioned 1890′s sexism.