Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
PTING FOR THE IDEAL
. Ni TiM
Now conges Mrs- Ethel Stewar celebrated suffragist, and says
that women"vore''eni -first.
Further, she says that women
are going to wear 'em again.
WhaVmakes her think so ?
"Because " skirts, are unhealthy,
hideous and1 immoral. 'Unhealthy
because they collect erms. Hid
eous becausethey take-tne name of
patufe in vain. Immoral because
.they leave the feminine hgure to
jjhe imagination.""' '
That s why.. - " '
Mrs. Stewart' says 'that in primi
tive society trousers, haye ever
been worn by women wall as by
,men, as they are. warn tqday jn
sqpie partsqf.the orient, and she
pTophesies that there vill cone a
time .when"they willbe worn thus
agairt when .women wU shake pff her entramm.eling skirts and
step forth avgin'with,limbj3 as f ree- f rpm shackles as those of Ar
temus fierself. - s
Of course the jndictment is true "Skirts ,ARE "unhealthy,
hideous and immoral." -They DQ take.th&narn.e'qf nature in vain.
They a.re inexprgssiblygracejess-r-ugly in the full sense of the word.
BUT and hereis a grim impasse tljaj: the aptJ7skirt-pro-pants
refonpers, must face ; u ,
SO ARE PANTS! ,. ' .'(-
Surely the njost hideaijs skirt is no nipre, hideous thap the
common, or garden variety of pants. Where js'tfie beauty in a pair
of parallel black cylinders, as expressionless, as stoyepipesf hangipg
frpm a trunk as void of grape s a guppy sack?
If the adies must get rid of .skirts as perhaps they should,,
and as no doubt they wjll sqtpeinfe -may they garb themselves iiv
some garment more pleasing to the eyes than this junspeakable
hrace of cylinders we've gone and got OUR legs tangled in.
May they don something inherently graceful, sgmething sug- ,
gestive of thelithe, chaste Jjeauty of Diana, something that the
modistes of Paris can't control, something eyerlastipgly beautiful
that shall be to us a joy forever, as the human form divine that it
drapes is a joy forever. . "k . - .