The essence of being Eccentric


Thank goodness for eccentric women in the sea of sameness we face each day.

Girls want to copy one another but why?

After the years of peer pressure have passed, surely it is time to discover your inner eccentricities.


Women get called many names such as weird and Hysterical and bossy when they are a little bit different and do not behave the way the others do.

They are all not very nice words and the best one to be applied to someone a little bit different, is Eccentric.


John Stuart Mill in 1859 wrote that

“The amount of eccentric in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour and moral courage it contained”.

This is a great point to make so many years ago and is relevant today with so many eccentric women in the public eye.

Tv Shows such as Killing Eve and Sally4Ever who weird women at their best.

Dr David Weeks who is a neuropsychologist and wrote Eccentrics: A Study of Sanity and Strangeness explains there are more eccentric women today, even though they weren’t so well documented pre-1800 in the UK.


The emergence of more female eccentrics shows how much feminists have progressed and women now can show their independent creativity to the world.


In earlier times, eccentricity was only assigned to aristocracy but now spans all classes.  Now you don’t have to be posh to get away with anything.

One eccentric woman was Lady Stanhope (born 1776) who re-invented herself as an archaeologist and headed off to the Middle East for an adventure.

She dressed like a Turkish man, shaved her head and had a turban, and people were not sure if she was a man or a woman.


Edith Sitwell came from a wealthy family and invented a tiny pistol for shooting wasps and a musical toothbrush.  She also wrote many books including A Short history of the Fork and Acorns as an article of medieval Diet.

She was perhaps our most famous eccentric ever but we welcome many more to come.