Velma Demerson (ebook) Incorrigible


  • Paperback
  • 172
  • Incorrigible
  • Velma Demerson
  • English
  • 10 December 2019
  • 9780889204447

7 thoughts on “Incorrigible

  1. says:

    We published this book in 2004 and all of us at the press were deeply affected by this woman's story In 1939 in Toronto Velma Demerson was thrown in jail pregnantfor being in a relationship with a Chinese man It was her father who called the police She endured terrible medical experiments while in prison She was arrested under the Female Refuges Act and charged with being Incorrigible She was never convicted

  2. says:

    During the depression girls were being sent into reformatories for vaguely labeled charges that included incorrigibility truancy theft running away and sexual immorality Concerns were primarily centered on female sexuality Demerson account of her relationship with a Chinese man deepens the understanding of the social boundaries that prevented such interracial mingling For a white woman to be enslaved・to a Chinese man was unthinkable The f

  3. says:

    This book made me sad angry depressed and outraged Velma's story is heartbreaking and she tells it very well The patronizing racist sexist and overall dehumanizing system that these young women were up against was impossible Velma's very personal account of having survived it having endured the worst of it is incredibleThere are so many thing

  4. says:

    I had read about this story from an article online and was astonished to read what had happened to Velma due to her love for a man of

  5. says:

    eugenics in canada the modern version would be relatively the same

  6. says:

    This is the biography of a Canadian woman from the early 20th century I would never have read this book except that Ms Demerson did a talk for a friend's lecture at university some years ago and she happened to in

  7. says:

    Re read for research

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Incorrigible

On a May morning in 1939 eighteen year old Velma Demerson and her lover were having breakfast when two police officers arrived to take her away Her crime was loving a Chinese man a crime that was compounded by her pregnancy and subseuent mixed race child Sentenced to a home for wayward girls Demerson was then transferred along with forty six other girls to Torontos Mercer Reformatory for Females The girls were locked in their cells for twelve hours a day and reuired to work. During the depression girls were being sent into reformatories for vaguely labeled charges that included incorrigibility truancy theft running away and sexual immorality Concerns were primarily centered on female sexuality Demerson account of her relationship with a Chinese man deepens the understanding of the social boundaries that prevented such interracial mingling For a white woman to be enslaved to a Chinese man was unthinkable The fact that there were laws preventing women to be employed by Chinese men stresses the severity of society position on white women associating with Chinese men Thus it came to no surprise that Demerson interracial relationship would be considered an act of immorality and considered an offence by Canadian law at the timeDemerson s personal account of her life successfully explored her particular socio economic roots and conflict with society Whether it was her family background her relationship with a Chinese man or the terms of her incarceration these were all pivotal factors in identifying the social constructs that existed at the time Demerson experience could be considered an emotional than an informative one nevertheless her account deepens the understanding of a time when Canadian society operated under a very different set of social boundaries than what exists today A fascinating read for anyone interested in understanding the divisive racial and gender issues in Canada at the time

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In the on site laundry and factory They also endured suspect medical examinations When Demerson was finally released after ten months' incarceration weeks of solitary confinement abusive medical treatments and the state's apprehension of her child her marriage to her lover resulted in the loss of her citizenship statusThis is the story of how Demerson and so many other girls were treated as criminals or mentally defective individuals even though their worst crime might have. This book made me sad angry depressed and outraged Velma s story is heartbreaking and she tells it very well The patronizing racist sexist and overall dehumanizing system that these young women were up against was impossible Velma s very personal account of having survived it having endured the worst of it is incredibleThere are so many things wrong with the obstacles that she faced that it would be easy to go off on any number of rants Instead I will just say that these events are not so firmly buried in the past that we can try to forget about them Variations of these sorts of situations pop up in the news on a frighteningly regular basis As long as we profit from dehumanizing others or think of ourselves as being superior to others we are all vulnerable Racism and sexism are still commonplace and we only need to look at the prison systems and government policies toward enemy combatants or even those without citizenship to see how uickly we can be stripped of all rights and subject to the worst human abuses

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Been only their choice of lover Incorrigible is a survivor's narrative In a period that saw the rise of psychiatry legislation against interracial marriage and a populist movement that believed in eradicating disease and sin by improving the purity of Anglo Saxon stock Velma Demerson like many young women found herself confronted by powerful social forces This is a history of some of those who fell through the cracks of the criminal code told in a powerful first person voice. This is the biography of a Canadian woman from the early 20th century I would never have read this book except that Ms Demerson did a talk for a friend s lecture at university some years ago and she happened to invite me It should be noted that the topic matter could be disturbing to some Demerson s biography reveals a disturbing and very nearly forgotten law in Ontario in the early 20th century whereby young women could be deemed incorrigible by their families and imprisoned in Demerson s case because she had a relationship with a Chinese man and was pregnant with their child While incarcerated she was forcibly given painful and experimental treatments for an infection she likely never had This is an incredible book and well worth the read despite how disturbing and uncomfortable the subject matter