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The Not So Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife

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Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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Binge-watch Vikings, Turn, or Frontier, and you’ll see people being disemboweled, tortured, and decapitated – but you won’t see anything about menstruation, chamber pots, birth control, breastfeeding, or poopy babies. It’s 2021! Even though Google cars have been invented and women won the vote 101 years ago, these “unsanitary” subjects still make people uncomfortable and are omitted from history.
Discover what life was really like for New England’s colonial women – because we’ve always been curious about: menstruation, sex, birth control, childbirth, sickness, and medicine.
For instance, in an era when underwear hadn’t been invented, what did women do when they had their periods? What were early American birth control methods? It was suggested that women try jumping backwards seven times after intercourse to expel sperm, drink water that blacksmiths used to cool metals, or insert a mixture of dried crocodile dung and honey into the vagina.
The Not-So-Good Life of The Colonial Goodwife not only makes audiences laugh and grimace – it also honors our foremothers. It’s not about quilting bees and spinning wheels – it’s a virtual presentation about the little-known issues faced by New England’s colonial women. Perhaps women need to be reminded how far we’ve come to see how far we still can go.
We are very excited to offer this event virtually! The event will be held live on Zoom at 6:30 EST. Once you have purchased a ticket, you will receive a confirmation receipt. The day before the event (October 20), you will receive an email with the Zoom link and password to access the virtual event room.
Tickets available online.