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HAS "SPOONING" BECOME JUST ANOTHER
ITEM IN THE HIGH COST OF LIVING?
BY WINNIE LEE
That wpman is exploited by man
the wide world around is the cheering
bit of information which Mrs. Carrie
Chapman Catt, head of the interna
tional suffrage organization, has been
spreading since her return from a
circuit of the globe.
Of course, the average young
American citizen has hardly felt that
any of his interests were seriously
threatened by this suffragist verdict
But perhaps he would better wake
From letters which I have received
lately from girls, it would seem that
the young man's most cherished per
quisite, spooning, is imperiled!
Spooning is a form of exploitation,
the girls seem to think. It looks as if
they had found out that they are
being made to pay in sentiment for
every entertainment which costs a
man any money!
One girl has actually asked me to
fix a scale of prices for her!
"How many kisses," she asks, "is
a theater ticket worth?
"Is one good-night kiss enough for
a man the first time he take you out?
"Is a ten-cent picture show worth
more than an ice-cream soda when
reckoned in hand-clasps?
"Is the man who takes you to a
dance in a taxi entitled to more
spooning than the one with whom
you go in a street car?
"If we girls have got to pay men
with kisses for all our good times, or
else stay at home, I think we ought
to fix some sort of a tariff to go by."
Evidently the girls', you see, now
realize that spooning, once the prero
gative of true lovers only, has become
another item in the high cost of, liv
ing'. "I have been going with a man this
year," writes another young-woman,
"When he is tired and needs rest, he
calls on me. But when he buys the
theater tickets, he takes my pretty
chum who is a regular spooner.
"I don't spoon. So I stay at home.
"I think my kisses too big a price to
pay for a good tim)e. But, of course,
a girl of eighteen would rather go out
with a boy than with another girl,
so what is she to do when she is
Has man put a price tag on his
Obviously that is what the girls
think. Here is a letter from one of
them who resents paying even a
marked-down bargain counter rate:
"I know how it feels to be in a
crowd and not of it," writes Now
"J am pretty enpugh to have plenty
of men friends, but I used to have a
reputation for primness. When my
callers left it was to return no more.
And a girl gets mighty lonesome
when a man never comes a second
time. Meanwhile other girls not as
clever as I were enjoying themselves
immensely. What was their secret?
"Now I spoon and I am so popular
that the other girls in our set are all
"But I don't respect myself as r
did when I was lonesome.
"And I am in constant terror that
I may fall in love with a man who
won't respect me!
"And then I would hate, hate, hate
all men forever!"
The hate of woman! Man can
never escape that penalty when he
demands too much of woman.
So long as spooning remains a
normal phase of present love-making'
it is no more censurable tljan its fa
mous parallel, the billing and cooing
of turtle doves.
But as soon as man exacts the deli
cate caress of sterling affection for
the paltry price of a play, even the