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Shocker: 1946 Yearbook Captions are Misogynistic, Offensive



A Redditor with the handle The_Blackfish_  posted high school yearbook pages from the year 1946, and the captions describing the students  particularly the female students — were abysmal. I know that, back then, women were mostly considered beings placed on the Earth to be gawked at, married and procreated with, but seeing comments like that in print really hit the point home for me.

See all of the yearbook pages in the Reddit post here. 

Via Distractify | Images: Imgur


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The use of the word "shocker" couldn't be more sarcastic. I thought from what I wrote, that was fairly obvious. Secondly, I wasn't envisioning some vicious, all-male yearbook staff tying each female student to the proverbial whipping post. Whether the staff was mostly comprised of males, females or it was even — a fact that you can't possibly know by comparing "yearbook staffs around that same era" — the captions are a product of the times, representative of the attitudes of the age.
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It may be even more of a shocker to you that these quotes were probably written by their fellow female students. Here are some links to images from yearbook staffs around that same era:
http://www.jackcountytexas.info/Misc/images/Yearbooks/Perrin/Perrin1946-0013.jpg
http://saludaalumni.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/yearbook-staff-1948.jpg
http://www.donovankoeberl.com/1947YearbookStaff.jpg
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txnavarr/schools/emhouse_high_school/The_Pirate/1947/Full_Scans/1947_Pirate_Pg047.jpg

Notice anything these yearbook staffs have in common? They're made up of mostly women!
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