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22 Struggles Every 1890s Woman Will Understand

Gentlemen, please desist.

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1. When your corset is so oppressively tight you can't bend over and pet interesting birds.

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2. When your neck ruff is so large it obscures your cycling vision.

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3. When you spend hours desperately praying for someone to invent hair straighteners.

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4. And you and your ladies spend ages sitting around waiting for someone to invent hair conditioner.

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5. When your corset makes you faint and you have to reach to your acquaintance for help.

Awkward!
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Awkward!

6. When your clothing is so restrictive that you can't do anything about the bird that has just landed on your head.

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7. When you're having a pleasant morning and then think about everyone who has died of consumption this year.

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8. When men organise protests against you being admitted to universities.

*eyeroll*
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*eyeroll*

9. When you attempt to take a delightful picture with your horse and he refuses to cooperate.

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10. When you write a letter to a gentleman and he does not send a reply for many days.

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11. When a gentleman asks if you want "to tandem" and that is precisely what he means.

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12. When you host a lovely tea party with your acquaintances and your daughter is being petulant.

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13. When you're once again the person responsible for getting the house ready for Christmas.

He NEVER helps around the house.
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He NEVER helps around the house.

14. When you're thrilled at the prospect of swimming in the sea and then you remember you have to wear this tiresome costume.

URGH.
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URGH.

15. When your dress is so capacious you have difficulty fitting through doors.

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16. When you think about the scourge of colonialism.

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17. When you go for a drive with your ladies and two of you arrive wearing the same hat.

How frightfully awkward.
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How frightfully awkward.

18. And when a gent offers to take you for a drive and it turns out he's invited all his other ladies.

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19. When you're having tea with your ladies and a gentleman comes over and tries to interject.

Sir, please desist.
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Sir, please desist.

20. When you're the Queen and everything is still terrible.

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21. When you're waiting for the vote.

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22. When gentlemen suggest that women are the weaker sex.

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