"Let's see… here it is… the esteemed Dr. Cowan states, 'Closely allied to food and dress, in women, as a producer of evil-thoughts, is idleness and novel reading. It is almost impossible for a woman to read the current "love and murder" literature of the day and have pure thoughts, and when the reading of such literature is associated with idleness -- as it almost invariably is -- a woman's thoughts and feelings cannot be other than impure and sensual.' There now, Charlotte. There it is in black and white. Overthinking and novel-reading causes, at the very least, fretting, nightmares and a bad complexion."
-- Ami McKay, The Birth House --
[The character, Aunt Fran, is reading from a medical journal written in the early 1900's. So you know it's gotta be true!]
Have a great Wednesday!