Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 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
SUFFRAQE DOESJTOT MEAN SEX-ANTAGONISM.
' BUT A WONDERFUL SEXXDEAUSM!
BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH . ,
(Copy ight, 1913, by the Newspaper Enterprise Association) ,
Mr. Walter Heape, a scientist who
trails half the letters of the alphabet
after his name with the proud con
sciousness of a peacock unfurling his
chief claim to distinction, has writ
ten a book on "Sex-Antagonism," in
which he undertakes to prove that
the universe is soon to be governed
by old maids! Lest this statement of
his case be suspected of bias, I quote
from the book:
"It is clear that the jresent wo
man's movement has its origin in sex
antagonism," writes the scientist,
gloomily. "No matter what each of
the various sections of that move
ment declares, no matter what is the
avowed object of the actions of any
one of them, it is obvious that the
driving forpe is engendered by desire
to alter the laws which regulate the
relations and therefore the relative
powers of the sexes.
"The bulk of those who take an
active part in the movement are un
doubtedly spinsters, a dissatisfied
and, we'may assume, an unsatisfied
, Mr. Heape adds that, should wo
"men obtain political power, legisla
tion by spinsters would be directly
antagonistic to the interests of wives
Just why the interests of unmar
ried women and of mothers should
be any more antagonistic than those
of bachelors and married men is not
made clear. Moreover, whatever the
perils of spinster domination, we can
never know them, for wives and
mothers will always constitute a ma
jority. While arguing that because j
of woman's greater variability, "no
man may claim properly and com
pletely to understand .any woman,"
Mr. Heape urges that man .shall con
tinue to represent her politically in
other words, that he shall continue to an end!"
do the thinking and the legislating
for a fellow-being whose needs and
whose point of view he fails to grasp.
This author believes apparently
that woman's desire to impose her
notions of morality upon man is re
sponsible for what he calls the "wo
man movement." "Her virtuous de
mands essentially for her own bene
fit, as she conceives, are opposed to
natural law," he says.
I do not think that Mr. Heape un
derstands the modern woman's-at-titude
toward morality. It is nowhere
better expressed 'than in the Ameri
can woman's attitude toward-divorce.
Every now and then some foreign
critic denounces what he terms the
loose ties of family life in. the United
States; the frequency of our divorces,
particularly in the West.
Two-thirds of the divorces granted
in the United States are given to wo
men, but, far from .regarding this fact
as. a shame to America, I have always
looked upon it as the most hopeful
sign of our times!
For it proves that women are de
manding from men fidelity to the
vows they make at the altar and that
they refuse the base compromises
which hold together the whited se
pulchre of the European home. For
every household in which a single
high standard of morals does notpre
vail Is a seoulchre feared over the
dead soul of Womanhood!
What women demand, toda is not,
as Mr. Heape declares, that'men shall
conform to a moral code which he
holds to be opposed to natural law.
We say to men, "You make the law.
Obey it as we obey it. If the law you
have, made is, indeed, opposed to the
law of nature, then change it that
the hypocrisy which poisons our souls
and our bodies and the souls and
bodies of our children shall come to
irnlfrHMfa aiiH1"-'"- -" - - -