Ben Franklin on Women

The Unitarian church on the corner of my street has an LED sign facing Concord Pike that has brief and changing messages.  The usual message is the topic of the next sermon, but they also have other thoughtful, inspiring messages.  A recent one was:

Without justice, courage is weak.  B. Franklin

I admit I do not exactly understand this, but he also said something else that most people have never heard of:

An older woman shows her age most on her face, then her neck, then the breast and arms, but the lower parts continuing to last as plump and desirable as ever.

He had far more experience with that sort of thing than me, so I will have to take his word for it.  He attributed this to our upright posture that drains fluids most from our higher parts.

Because in every animal that walks upright, the Deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: the Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the Neck; then the Breast and Arms; the lower Parts continuing to the last as plump as ever.

So that covering all above with a Basket, and regarding only what is below the Girdle, it is impossible of two Women to know an old from a young one.

Words of wisdom from Poor Richard.  Our teachers taught us much about Ben Franklin, but I don’t remember anything about that one.  We use to have expressions of putting a bag over an ugly girl’s head (only an expression!) and thought we were original, but Ben was there first with a basket.

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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