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18th Century Doctors Blamed Chocolate for Making Women Hysterical

Society & Culture  (tags: women, health, hysteria, chocolate, doctors, sadness, society, interesting, culture )

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Its arrival coincided with so-called 'hysteria plague' amongst 18th C women. Chocaholic nuns were forced to eat communally to reduce consumption, but modern docs say eating less may have increased supposed hysteria.

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Freya H. (355)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 3:40 pm
Goes to show just how sexism used to pervade the medical field. It still does, though not as much as back in the day.

Mary T. (357)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:50 pm
think the chocolate prevented a few wives from killing their husbands

Jason S. (50)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:25 pm
Good posting, thanks

Suzanne Site Problems (131)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 9:42 pm
Blaming the chocolate took the heat off the repressive/oppressive situation in which women found themselves. The ancient Greeks coined the term hysteria - in women - long before chocolate made it's way to European shores, and of course it must have been a total coincidence that those women were strongly oppressed as well.

GGmaSheila D. (203)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:03 pm
Take my chocolate away and you'll get to see a real hysterical woman!!

catherine g. (16)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:29 am
It was probably a sugar high, you see plenty of children suffering from those in these days of never saying no to your child

Gloria picchetti (310)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:47 am
Even today they think everything makes women hysterical.

Jaime Alves (51)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:19 am

Joanne Dixon (36)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:26 am
Men get hysterical too, they just call it "being assertive."

Birgit W. (159)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:06 am
Typical macho men remark, and those great macho men don't get hysterical from eating chocolate. What's wrong with those macho men, I guess they all must have a very low self-esteem.

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 11:40 am
I would imagine the hysteria was cause by the social injustice the woman had to endure.

Joy McRonald (168)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 2:47 pm
What would happen if we took mans chocolate away from them????????? Leve my chocolate alone...NOTED!!

Rose Becke (142)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 3:48 pm
I like Hartson comment

natasha salgado (717)
Monday July 29, 2013, 8:45 pm
They must of been smoking some pretty good stuff back then---hence the awesome delusions!

Amy Fisher (11)
Friday August 2, 2013, 7:02 pm
Men have always wanted to control womens' behavior, so they came up with the "hysteria" label as a way of condemning women who did not behave the way men wanted them to behave. They needed a scapegoat, and chocolate was convenient. If chocolate wasn't as popular as it was, they would have found something else to blame.
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