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WHY FLAUNT YOUR SACRED GRIEF OR JOY FOR ALL'
THE WORLD TO SEE'
The modern woman and her three tags.
By Billie Burke.
The First Word Don't tag
From the time a girl is born'
some kind of a tag is put on her.
Just why a girl should be always
thought as a girl before you think
of her as a human being is some
thing I can't tell. I have an idea,
however, that it has come down
to us from the time when we be
longed to our lords and masters.
Today a woman should remem
ber that she "belongs" to no one
but herself and she should refuse
to tag herself. Just because you
have promised to marry a man is
no reason why you should adver
tise to every stranger the fact that
you ''belong" to some man.
Some very estimable ' woman
who writes one of those "perfect
ly proper" columns (supposed to
be read by every woman each
morning so that she will be able
to get through the day without
being unwomanly) deplores the
vanishing of the wedding ring
from the hands of young married
women. She declares that it has
such a sacred and beautiful signi
ficance that a right thinking wo
man would rather part with her
life than with this emblem of her
supposedly beatifnc state.
This constantly explaining to
the world at first glance one's ab
solute status in society is a relic
of the time when woman was a
chattel and it is still hard work
to get over the idea that she need
not bear the history of her life
somewhere emblazoned on her
person so that all who pass may
The moment a-girl"is engaged
she tells it to the world in a more
or less expensive engagement
ring. Upon her marriage she adds
to it a wide band of gold that all
may know that she is a wife. Her
husband, to whom the sacrament