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Posted by Sphinx on August 24, 2003

In Reply to: Why "the 1850s were recent."? posted by sphinx on August 24, 2003

: : : W:My political science class has been teaching me about the history of women in the US.
: : : M:Sounds interesting. Learn any new recipes?
: : : W:No that funny actually. Did you realize up until the 1850's, women didn't have equal rights to men?
: : : M:Sorry, I wouldn't have made that joke if I had realized it was such a recent issue.

: : : (What are recipes here? Why it is a joke?)

: : The man was saying that all that women have accomplished worthy of history books is to create recipes. Then he made a remark that the 1850s were recent.

If he had realized it was a recent issue, why it became the reason he won't make that joke?