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Why "the 1850s were recent."?

Posted by Sphinx on August 24, 2003

In Reply to: Learning recipes? posted by ESC 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.