future children. It is only after her husband's death that she reads on the heredity of vice and truly mourns her doomed husband and rails against women being raised in ignorance of such matters.
In such feministliterature, women are painted as society's sacrificial lambs to men's vice and secrecy.
Early twentieth-century feminists pointed to the dangers of marital transmission of syphilis as yet another example of the cruelties of marriage and its dangers to national health. The dangers of