Thursday, February 6, 2014
“Isn’t it true Mrs. Detweiller that you poisoned your husband?”
Mrs. Detweiller stands and then collapses into the arms of the lawyer.
“Ohh” the courtroom sighs.
“Quick, she’s fainted, get some water!”
Women don’t seem to do this anymore.
In the south the women often had “The Vapors.”
“Oh my, I think I’m having the Vapors!”
I think only southern women had the vapors. They also always slumped into a man’s arms. It seems like they knew not to slump hard to the floor. You could get hurt, but fall in a man’s arms…much safer.
Southern women no longer get the Vapors.
Why don’t women faint anymore? Mrs. C says because back in the day, women were thought to be frail and they were expected to faint at any difficult sight or thought. They fainted for sympathy, they fainted to gain an advantage when suddenly under pressure.
I think it was just the in thing to do, especially for upper crust women. If someone said something offensive or upsetting you were simply expected to faint, and so women did, usually into the arms of a handsome man. It was probably psychosomatic.
When did it stop? When did fainting not become the thing to do?
It was sometime before my existence as I’ve only experienced this phenomenon on TV or in the movies…old movies. I think it was before women had any rights. "Don’t let me vote; treat me like property; boss me around; frig you, I’m gonna faint!"
The world has changed. Women have rights. Women are gaining more and more power. Women are CEO’s; women are in politics; we may soon have a woman President.
If this trend continues the day may soon come when men have no rights, no power, and men will be second class citizens.
“Oh my (back hand to forehead,) I think I’m having the Vapors!” I need me the arms of a beautiful woman.