Historical shifts in societal norms, ethics, and laws have led to a paradigm shift in what is considered acceptable behavior. Practices once deemed normal are now universally condemned due to increased awareness and understanding. Here, we explore 18 such practices that have rightly been relegated to the annals of history.
Regrettably, human zoos were a widespread form of entertainment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. People from colonized countries were put on display like animals, a practice now universally recognized as dehumanizing and racially insensitive.
Child labor was once a standard practice worldwide. Children were employed in harsh conditions with no regard for their well-being. Thankfully, child labor laws now exist globally to protect children from such exploitation.
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Smoking in public places, including restaurants, airplanes, and offices, was once a common practice. Now, recognizing the dangers of second-hand smoke, many countries have instituted smoking bans in public places to protect public health.
Foot binding in China was a painful practice carried out on young girls to make their feet smaller, seen as a symbol of beauty and status. Today, it’s recognized as an oppressive, harmful practice.
Historically, various cultures practiced human sacrifices as a part of their religious rituals. The sanctity of human life now universally condemns such practices.
In the 15th to 18th centuries, suspected witches were persecuted, often leading to their execution. Modern societies have dismissed such superstitions and the cruel practices associated with them.
Once a common medical practice, bloodletting was believed to balance bodily “humors.” With advancements in medicine, it’s now recognized as harmful and largely ineffective.
Animal Cruelty for Entertainment
Bullfighting, animal circuses, and other forms of animal cruelty for public amusement were once widely accepted. Animal welfare awareness has since led to widespread condemnation of these practices.
Sexual Harassment at Work
In the past, workplace sexual harassment was often dismissed or overlooked. The advent of strong legislation and societal awakening to women’s rights has rightly led to its universal condemnation.
In the not-too-distant past, segregation was legally enforced in various parts of the world. The separation of people based on race was accepted practice in societies. Today, it is universally condemned as discriminatory and against the principles of equality and non-discrimination.
In the 20th century, forced sterilization programs were enacted in numerous countries, targeting specific groups deemed “unfit” for reproduction. This practice is now considered a gross violation of human rights.
Public Shaming and Humiliation
Public shaming, such as the stocks or pillory in medieval times, was a common punishment. In contemporary societies, such practices are seen as inhumane.
Dueling was once a legal and socially accepted way to resolve disputes. Today, it is considered a barbaric practice, and conflicts are resolved through dialogue or the justice system.
In the past, individuals unable to pay their debts were imprisoned. Now, debtors’ prisons are largely abolished and considered a violation of human rights, although debt still has significant social consequences.
Asbestos was once commonly used in construction due to its fire-resistant properties. After it was discovered that asbestos fibers can cause severe health issues, its use has been universally condemned.
Gay Conversion Therapy
Gay conversion therapy, an attempt to change an individual’s sexual orientation, was once widely practiced. Today, it is primarily condemned as pseudoscientific and harmful.
Leaded gasoline was once used universally despite its severe environmental and health impacts. Today, the use of leaded gasoline is largely phased out globally due to its recognized toxicity.
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