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historical stuff by Gareth Millward


Sexist People in the 1970s Wrote Sexist Things


[Social security can place] a financial value on something which is more often than not non-financial. Disfigurement might come under this heading, if it were felt that a previously particularly attractive young girl with a badly scarred face should receive some cash solace even if her job had not been affected, her boy-friend remained loyal and her elder sister was markedly plain and had neither face nor figure.

National Archives: BN 89/140, CBD8, Strengths and Weaknesses of Existing Cash Benefits, 21 February 1973, para. 12.

Yes, that’s 1973, not 1873.

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