Are you insane?

Be thankful you live in the twenty-first century.

Back in Victorian times, when women were considered second class citizens, their families
could shuttle them off to asylums at the drop of a hat.

Here are a list of reasons you could be incarcerated in an insane asylum: (the one you should most be concerned with has a circle around it LOL)


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19 Responses to Are you insane?

  1. I’d definitely have been locked up back in the day – even without the novel reading, my day job overtaxes my mental powers on an almost daily basis! It is slightly terrifying at the same time though – I read a book last year called Inconvenient People which was all about the lunacy laws and some of the things that happened to people were enough to make you go crazy!

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  2. bibliobeth says:

    Loved this so much Lynne, absolutely hilarious!! 😂

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  3. Haha, what a fab post, scary too!

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  4. Wai Mei says:

    Gunshot wound? Instead of a hospital, you were given to an insane asylum… oh goodness.
    Have you heard of Nellie Bly before? I one looked up a PDF of her journalistic account as she went undercover in an insane asylum. It’s a little long, but a great read. 🙂

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  5. Well I can see at least 2 reasons I’d be locked up!

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  6. Marriage of a son? That’s it, the kiddo is never getting married. Lol

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  7. Zoe says:

    LOL! I’m surprised there were any women considered sane after reading that list! 😊

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  8. Mental illness is to be taken seriously ., especially nowadays. Interesting read on how it was treated back in the day.

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  9. Sandra says:

    I’ve just finished reading Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss, which features a women’s asylum in the 1880s and a female doctor who seeks to improve the lot of these women. (Very highly recommended!)

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  10. Holly B / Dressedtoread says:

    LOL… that is an insane list. Thank goodness times have changed!

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  11. I am happy indead, cause I would be in an asylum in no time 😛


  12. James McEwan says:

    I suspect it was a way of getting rid of non-conformist women and those considered a problem.
    In Lesley McDowell’s novel – Unfashioned Creatures – her character Isabella falls into many of those categories shown above.
    Of course, the list was drawn up by professional highly regarded Doctors (Quacks) who were handsomely paid for solving a terrible problem with these unfortunate women. (Creatures).
    I researched the 1890 period for my short story ‘The Case of the Asylum’ and was at times quite shocked at some of the practices I discovered taking place at the at the time. Yet many of those attitudes still carried on into the 1960s.
    Interesting indeed.

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  13. Goodness look at that list, I’m very happy to be alive now rather than back then!!


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