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Gin and tonic for the lady? The curiously feminine history of gin

From Miss Hannigan to "Mother's Ruin," gin-drinking has long been associated with slovenly women. Now, its image is changing. But why—and do we even want it to?

By Maeve Marsden  

When gin first came to popularity, it was condemned as a "Mother's Ruin". Now, men are drinking it, too. What happened?

There’s something about the way Carol Burnett lurches into frame, bottle in hand, halfway through the 1982 film Annie; before you’re told anything about gin-loving tyrant Miss Agatha Hannigan you know her. You just know her. Not to take away from Ms Burnett’s well-documented acting chops or her impeccable comic timing, but like the orphan-makes-good narrative Annie is based on, the trope of the fallen gin-soaked woman is…

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