Was It Better To Be A Woman In Jane Austen’s Time?

Sometimes I think it would be so much easier to be a woman in Jane Austen’s time. You know, like having only three dresses to choose from, communicating only by letter, and being told you will be married to your second cousin so you can inherit a big estate. That almost doesn’t seem so bad compared to that which is the modern dating scene. Sure, it may seem terribly anti-feminist (and kind of gross), but just think of all of the headaches you’d be spared. A new web series, “Sex and the Austen Girl,” compares life and love in the 19th and 21st centuries. Inspired by the books Confessions and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, two girls—Jane Mansfield and Courtney Stone—switch places. In a far-fetched but funny plot, Courtney wakes up in 1813 in Somerset, England and Jane in 2010 in Los Angeles and they discover just how different life really is. Now we can judge if the grass was really greener in 1813. [Tres Sugar]