This Week In Sexist History: Swimming Makes You Ugly Edition
Newspaper stories from the good old days say the darndest things. So every week on the Sexist, let’s take a ride on journalism’s way-back machine, to a time when male reporters did not prefer their women to be dripping wet from head to toe. I know—it was a crazy, crazy, time kids. This week, our intrepid NYT columnist goes on—and on, and on, and on—about "what the fair sex wears in the surf," insulting everyone. Pages upon pages of beach-bound misogyny, footnoted for modern readers, below.
This Week In Sexist History:
Good Ol’ Day: August 20, 1883
Dateline: Long Branch, NJ
1. Women must be pretty.
2. But they are born ugly, so we must make them pretty.
3. Women who go to the beach make this task very difficult for us.
4. And women who actually swim are nearly beyond help.
5. It is rather amusing, however, just how ugly swimming makes women!
6. Women who swim are so ugly, they don't even want men to look at their ugly bodies! But we do look at them, and then detail their hideousness in the pages of the New York Times.
7. Well, at least they are still wealthy.
8. Though these ugly, oceanic women allow no one to see how profoundly uncomfortable they are, I know they are profoundly uncomfortable, because I understand women. Even the ugly ones.
9. If a woman is not pretty, then she does not enjoy herself. As is proper.
10. But perhaps the water will help to cure her extreme ugliness anyhow.
11. And remember, even Butterfaces could be hiding a sensual ankle in the surf.
12. [Obligatory rhapsodic account of historical beach leering].
13. [Obligatory rhapsodic account of modern beach leering].
14. Foreign women! They are kind of hot, but so ignorant of the customs of our modern American beach leering!
15. This one hot foreign actress wore the ugliest swimsuit one time.
16. She was a shitty actress, too.
17. Yes, I am using the term "dudes." In 1883.
18. Girls can't swim!
19. Well, at least they display their pearly white arms when they're trying. Oh, did I mention that I am also a racist?
20. One reason for women to swim, of course, is to wear an outfit which mimics an animal's yoke, in order to infer that she would make a good, obedient wife.
21. Have I not sufficiently compared women to animals? Women women zebras.
22. Now I am leering at children.
23. Aaaaand back to the racism.
24. Old women are disgusting and must be kept indoors.
25. I like watching girls fall down.
26. Middle-aged women are the most heinous, for they insist upon swimming, though their bodies are universally reviled.
27. Have I mentioned swimming is for men?