Punch,  61 (1871), 67.

Social Science



News-Commentary, Notes, Drollery


Sociology, Gender, Societies

    Comments on news that women attended 'social science' discussions at the Edinburgh meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Cannot find any 'practical discussion' of branches of the subject 'wherewith ladies are especially well qualified to deal'. Suggests several sciences that are social and are therefore 'suitable for feminine harangues'. In general these are the sciences of improving, with least personal expense, one's social and economic position. Suggestions include the 'Science of procuring from mysteriously gifted people all kinds of concert, opera, and flower-show admissions as often as you want them' and the 'Science of reserving half the made dishes and sweets of your Wednesday's grand-dinner, in order to do duty at your Friday's family feed'.

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