I picked up this Victorian trade card for it's mention of "female infirmities," and the image of a woman's face behind shattered glass. I haven't read up much on the idea of Victorian female "hysteria," but it seems like it was a catch-all "disorder" for any female who behaved in a way that was unexpected for the time. As someone who thinks that the idea of "female infirmities" is greatly exaggerated, I'm going to end with a quote from the movie "Jennifer's Body."
"PMS isn't real Needy, it was invented by the boy-run media to make us seem like we're crazy."
FringePop is a showcase for uncommon and esoteric cultural artifacts. The focus is on unusual items from both popular and fringe culture, with an emphasis on subversive pieces. The items shown are from the author's personal collection, unless otherwise noted.
I am a pop culture buff and collector, who focuses on the odd, subversive, and fringe elements of Western culture. In 2005, I edited a book for Feral House called "Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties." The vintage oddities in my collection include victoriana, sideshow, medical, and kitsch. I am also an amateur sewer, making clothing from vintage mod patterns.