are women people?

by marjorieingall on January 20, 2012

Yesterday the web site The Hairpin ran some excerpts from Are Women People?, a 1915 book of poetry by suffragist Alice Duer Miller. Every snippet was delicious and amazing. Here’s my favorite:

Why We Oppose Pockets for Women

1. Because pockets are not a natural right.

2. Because the great majority of women do not want pockets. If they did they would have them.

3. Because whenever women have had pockets they have not used them.

4. Because women are required to carry enough things as it is, without the additional burden of pockets.

5. Because it would make dissension between husband and wife as to whose pockets were to be filled.

6. Because it would destroy man’s chivalry toward woman, if he did not have to carry all her things in his pockets.

7. Because men are men, and women are women. We must not fly in the face of nature.

8. Because pockets have been used by men to carry tobacco, pipes, whiskey flasks, chewing gum and compromising letters. We see no reason to suppose that women would use them more wisely.

That is some genius sarcastic shit right there.

You go, Gutenberg-perusing Lili Loofbourow, who brought this treasure to our attention.

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rosmar January 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

So cool. Thank you.

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