• Mon, Apr 4 2011

Masturbation Causes Pica?

Do you feel an unusual craving for chalk lately?

It’s because of your solitary vice! At least according to “What Ladies Need To Know,” an advice book from 1890. According to which, terrible things will happen to girls who masurbate, including:

They will decline in health and disposition
They will become peevish, irritable, morose, and disobedient
They will become indisposed to activity
They will develop unusual appetites for for mustard, pepper, vinegar, and, (alarmingly?) clay, chalk and charcoal.

Aren’t you glad you live in an age where it’s so easy to get your hands on delicious clay, and you don’t have to hide it in a tea-cup, like the lady in the picture?

- How About We

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  • Lisa

    This explains the eraser-eating and such going on in Colette’s early Claudine books? Heh.

  • Carissa

    Oh darn it that explains it all then!