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April 28, 2006

Great Moments in Fuddy-Duddy History, Part 2

Just Blaze passed along another example of how today's High Culture often began as yesterday's menace to society:

"The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced at the English court on friday last. It is quite sufficient to cast one's eyes on the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs and close compressure of the bodies.. so long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice, but now that it is... we feel a duty to warn every parent against exposing their daughter to so fatal a contagion."

-The London Times, 1816

Posted by jsmooth995 at April 28, 2006 6:02 PM

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