'Slave to Family' - occupation recorded on 1911 Census return. Is this a joke?

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Poor Marion Elizabeth Wilde, a citizen of Willesden, Middlesex, England, is a 'slave' to her family on her 1911 England Census return.

Is this a bizarre attempt at a joke, or a colloquial expression of the day? Does anyone know?
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in Genealogy Help by Clare Spring G2G6 Mach 1 (12k points)
Sarcastic occupations are not unknown in the censuses.
Brilliant, I love that :-) clearly a woman with a sense of humour, gives you a real glimpse as to who she was :-)

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It's a joke.  Just possible that she was protesting in a suffragette style, but more likely just a joke.

UK Suffragettes often refused completely to fill in the 1911 census, and put big NO VOTE NO CENSUS stickers on there.
by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (582k points)
selected by Maggie N.
Thanks Ros! I haven't seen any NO VOTE NO CENSUS stickers yet in my research but hope to come across one soon. Go UK suffragettes!
Now I have a David Bowie tune stuck in my head.  It's ok, I like that song.
Interesting history, I had never heard this until now.  Thanks for sharing.
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I have an old Scottish mum Who indicates her occupation as “in charge”
by Joelle Colville-Hanson G2G6 Mach 4 (42.7k points)

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