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    Thank you for sharing your opinion, rosarugosa.

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    Hi Gloriana, it is always fun to have some of the old threads revived and consider in today's context. I agree with you summary.
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    I don't know that I care so much about the when but definitely care about the independent woman!!!

    Nice post, Gloriana. And welcome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloriana View Post
    1800? Simple pleasures, virgin nature, inner and outer harmony – sounds romantic.
    However, I wouldn’t want to live in 1800 and be a woman.
    I wouldn’t want to be a woman with limited freedom or its complete absence, a young but exhausted mother to 6 children, a woman who lost her husband in the war with Great Britain, a woman who was trapped in poverty with the hope that some farmer would marry me and become a father for my children. I wouldn’t want to be a cleaning woman, a versatile worker, a laundress, who in return receives neither love, nor tenderness, nor care, nor kind words.
    I know that our time has many shortcomings, but being an integrated, independent personality with the ability to build my life, to love and be loved is more important for me.
    So, being a woman and living in 1800? No thanks. I’d rather live and be a woman in 2020.
    Probably why---in the old photos we see --- the women look so old, and they're never smiling.
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    Well yea those with a primitive fantasy are almost always men, it would be a lot harder on women than they can imagine.
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    There was a reason women became nuns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    There was a reason women became nuns.
    I've long thought I'd have had to be a spinster school marm back in those times, since the idea of non-stop pregnancy has no appeal for me. Then I thought a dance-hall girl or madam might be just the ticket, birth-control issues notwithstanding. Little Housewife on the Prairie is my bęte noire for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    There was a reason women became nuns.
    That probably would have been me.

    The question isn't "would you want to go back in time to 1800": it's "would you live LIKE it was the year 1800?"

    Anyone can go out and live off the grid and/or homestead today and it might look a lot like 1800. They can return to modern civilization if they choose to. I like that choice. If there were a challenge like that I would accept it for a month or so. Why not? It might be fun and very instructive.
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    Interesting thoughts, Catherine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    That probably would have been me.

    The question isn't "would you want to go back in time to 1800": it's "would you live LIKE it was the year 1800?"

    Anyone can go out and live off the grid and/or homestead today and it might look a lot like 1800. They can return to modern civilization if they choose to. I like that choice. If there were a challenge like that I would accept it for a month or so. Why not? It might be fun and very instructive.
    Actually, there was. Frontier House on PBS. I think the year being lived was 1887???
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