Anti-Syphilis Posters and the Monstrous Feminine
It’s a common trope throughout humanity’s patriarchal history: The otherness of woman is not only alien and unknowable but ultimately the stuff of monstrosity.
We see it in myth cycles, folklore, witchcraft persecution and various interpretations of human reproduction. Rather than equal (or, realistically, greater) examples of the species, women are seen as beings of bloody cycles, physical corruption and moral failing.
It should come as no surprise that such misogynistic garbage turns up in the history of syphilis… (click the image to read & see more)