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Old 07-12-2014, 10:11 AM
casdave casdave is offline
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As I pointed out, this is only a small subset of women living in Victorian England, probably not more than 2.5% of the population, or around 5% of the female population.

In other word, that stereotype did not apply to 95% of women, and it may well have been fewer than that.

Ordinary working class folk and especially women were often almost invisible in most of English literature of the time, so the few examplars are taken as the norm, when they very much were not.