Saturday, January 9, 2016

On Chewing Gum

 "All the young ladies ... are exercising themselves with this nauseating gum game.
It is an interesting sight to see them in the parlor all chewing,
their nether jaws moving with the graceful characteristics of so many cows."
A Milwaukee journalist, July 1860

Upon observing the fairer sex chewing gum, one nineteenth century gentleman wryly noted, "the process of mastication does not enhance the attractiveness of the human face."

Over a century later, one is hard pressed to quarrel on that point. Nothing is becoming about a woman constantly chewing like a cow on its cud, even when she manages to chew quietly and with her mouth closed.

Therefore, a lady does not chew gum in public.


  1. If chewing gum does not'"improve the human face" then that includes men as well. No public chewing of gum for anyone! lol

  2. I was delighted to find your blog through a comment you left on Lady Lydia's. I now am eager to read your old posts to discover more about being ladylike. (And hopefully learn more about you too.) Thank you for writing.

    1. Dear Linda, I'm so pleased to hear from you. I've found your link to The Apron Revolution and look forward to becoming more acquainted!


  3. I'm not sure why Apron Revolution is listed under My Blogs at Google. Maybe when my husband kindly set up my google account years ago, that was a mistake. Blogs I read then, yes - but it's not my blog. :)

    1. Ah, that explains a lot! :-) Thanks, Linda.