Trolls have been Slut-shaming for a VERY LONG TIME

by Rachel Baker on December 8, 2014

I thought this was a cool little piece of history to share. It seems as if there’s a lot of talk about slut-shaming recently; and one might think slut-shaming is a new phenomenon…its not.

Read more: Einstein’s letter defending Marie Curie shows just how long trolls have been slut-shaming women

In 1911, nearly a decade after winning a Nobel Prize for her pioneering work on radiation, Marie Curie received a letter from Albert Einstein in which he urged her not to be beaten down by people who would, today, be called trolls.

The letter is among the thousand of Einstein’s documents released last week — which are being called “the Dead Sea Scrolls of physics” — and it begins by Einstein asking Curie “not [to] laugh at me for writing you without having anything sensible to say.”

“But I am so enraged by the base manner in which the public is presently daring to concern itself with you,” he continued, “that I absolutely must give vent to this feeling.”

The treatment to which Einstein referred included the fact that the French Academy of Sciences denied her application for a seat, possibly because of rumors that she was Jewish — or because she was having an affair with a married man, the physicist Paul Langevin.

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