"There is no historically consistent justification for the exclusion of women from healing roles. Witches were attacked for being pragmatic, empirical, and immoral. But in the nineteenth century the rhetoric reversed: women became too unscientific, delicate, and sentimental. The stereotypes change to suit male convenience—we don’t."
Witches, Midwives & Nurses: A History of Women Healers
, Barbara Ehrenreich and Dierdre English (via cyanine
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