Sunday, March 15, 2015

Down with Music and Dancing

If you would have your son soft, womanish, unclean, smooth-mouthed, affected to bawdry, scurrility, filthy rhymes and unseemly talking, briefly if you would have him, as it were, transnatured into a woman or worse, and inclined to all kinds of whoredom and abomination, set him to dancing school and to learn Music, and then you shall not fail of your purpose. And if you would have your daughter riggish, bawdy and unclean, and dancing, and a filthy speaker and suchlike, bring her up in music and dancing and, my life for yours, you have won the goal!

-Philip Stubbes, The Anatomy of Abuses, 1583.

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