Two things that particularly struck me. One is (related to the pic on the right), I quote:
The idea was that the male physician could put his fingers wherever he wanted, but common decency in post-Empire France (or mid 19th-century America, for that matter) prevented him from actually looking.
Now that is curious. I have been musing on a post on sexual harassment in the middle east and one thing that struck me from the report of that conference is that
In Yemen, where nearly all women are covered from head to toe, activist Amal Basha said 90 percent of women in a published study reported harassment, specifically pinching.
So that is an interesting similarity I thought: maybe seeing the woman is considered haram (not allowed), but touching can be excused, somehow?
I wonder how that works. Apparently that worked (for professionals at least) in 19th century France.
The other thing I noted was the lovely, more than “plus sized model” woman in the comparison of men and women (on the left).
In an age where women are photoshopped to ridiculous proportions, it was quite refreshing to see a woman with common fat distribution.
I do realise that skinny women are biased against. However, the number of women with quite normal proportions that are biased against for being “fat”, like the woman in this ancient picture would be considered outrageously fat, reached some sort of sad apex.
That is, I hope it is an apex: it can only get better, right?
Anyway, have a look at that site, it’s delightful.