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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 (356)
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 L (99)
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.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 10:03 pm
Take my chocolate away and you'll get to see a real hysterical woman!!

Past Member (0)
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 (304)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:47 am
Even today they think everything makes women hysterical.

Jaime Alves (52)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:19 am

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:26 am
Men get hysterical too, they just call it "being assertive."

Birgit W (160)
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 M (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 (141)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 3:48 pm
I like Hartson comment

Past Member (0)
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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