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Everything you needed to know about being a good Catholic wife in 1938 but were afraid to ask.

Your husband comes first in the house. His will should prevail. Therefore you belong to him more than to your parents (p. 23).

You are beginning a new life which you have entered through sacred doors. It was not a mere ceremony which took place before God’s altar. God’s hands were extended over you in blessing for the holy task which lies before you (p. 3)

And, in the context of the recent debate Ireland has had on abortion, here’s a section called ‘A Murderess’

When the mother’s life is endangered by the birth of the child, the life that is coming may not be destroyed. Even the doctor may not do this. He may do all that is possible to save the mother’s life except anything that would directly destroy the life of the child … Woe to the mother who is a murderess! (p. 26).

Good times.

‘Your Husband Comes First in the House’: a Catholic Guide for The Young Wife (Ciara Meehan)

Civil liberties were almost non existent, citizens were not equal with women becoming second class while the poor were plunged further in destitution. The history of early Irish Independence is often passed over with a less than critical eye that glorifies state building at any cost. However behind this abstract veneer lies the story of a dark authoritarian regime based on repression, discrimination and censorship. This was enforced by deeply authoritarian attitudes underscored by severe catholic morality which stifled culture and allowed no political debate or opposition of any kind. By 1937 the “The Irish Free State” had created a society that had betrayed the ideals of what many had set out [to] achieve two decades earlier.


Torture, Murder and Exclusion: Ireland’s first 10 years of Independence (The Irish History Podcast)

Casablanca: “‘Picture deals with North Africa, etc. Shows German activities in sinister light and Vichy partisans also. Unpresentable in a neutral country. Reel 4A: Cut words “Could you forgive her?”; Cut words “That would be all right, wouldn’t it?” Reel 5A: Cut from words “The day you left Paris” down to words “how much I still love you”; Cut from words “All except one” down to words “didn’t love you so much”. Reel 6A: Cut from words “But Richard, No, I, I” down to words “you can’t be any part of”.’

Moby Dick: Reel, 2: Delete nude figure on arm and muscular movement also “where is thy name dearie?” “on the seat of my pants”. Reel 6: Glimpse of semi-nude dancer, also woman at table and “For me, my name’s Poppy” “I’m buying ships not women”

Gone With The Wind: ‘Reel 1B: Better deal with this dressing scene (is it essential?). Reel 2A: Stripping her at a glance (must come out) Reel 5A: Birth (must come out). Reel 8B: (1) Offers herself (must come out). (2) Speaks of her debasing offer. Reel 9B: Deal with this attempted rape, particularly the close up of the rough’s face. Reel 10B: Three passionate and prolonged kisses (cut). Can-can (cut).

The Blue Angel: “I cannot issue a certificate for this exhibition of lustful degeneracy.”


Film Censor Records (TCD Film And TV Archive)

Thanks Sibling of Daedalus