(3/2) - it's old. when *novels* first came out the Moral Police of the time took it out on women, bc ofc they'd all be hysterical and not know good from bad in reality. if they liked it, they were obv diseased! god forbid someone enjoys something you don't approve of! it's so historically ironic and unaware to pull this bs in fandom, a sexually liberated, female empowered space. i rly can't with these people.
Ha! I missed part three of your question because I was answering the first part!
Here’s a fun piece of concern trolling. It’s called "Novel Reading, a Cause of Female Depravity,“ and was published in a British journal in 1797.
And of course, in Victorian times they moved on from the idea that novels were just bad for a young lady’s morals – they also caused insanity, and diseases of the organs, and all sorts of reproductive issues.
Men, don’t let your wives and daughters read novels. It’s for their health. I’m worried about them. I’m concerned. This is serious.