Girls gone wild. In 19th century England poor women who drank tea wasted their time and money and led to the economic demise of the economic growth of the country, according to a recent discovery by Durham University. The women were viewed as reckless and uncontrollable for putting their feet up to have a cup of tea, when they should have been getting their husband and families dinner.
Tea drinking threatened the wholesome British diet
Pamphlets published in 1811 England at that time saw women drinking tea as irresponsible as men whisky drinkers who damaged society by ignoring their spouses and neglecting the traditional duties. Women were seen as vital to the role of the progressing national economy.
Tea drinking stamped out by reformers (upper middle-class women)
The paper, Literature and History, Dec. 5, Middle-class women saw tea-drinking as a luxury poor women could not afford. Tea-drinking was even deemed as akin to being in a secret society which the government at the time could not afford and heightened political anxieties at that time of counter revolution between Ireland and Union of Britain.
Tea-drinking was not only a luxury the poor women could not afford but worried that it implied a revolutionary feminism in these women. “If that wasn’t enough, here was this exotic substance from China, with it’s drug-like qualities could form an addiction and lead the women to revolt.”
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