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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 16, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7',
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"My sway there is none to dis
pute." Up to date, notwithstanding all our
"reforms," our "votes for women,"
our "women in the industrial field,"
our "growing class of women with
big brains and great hearts," it is still
a man-made world made by men for
men, and George Bernard Shaw told
the truth and struck the right note
when he made one of his characters
say that the only thing for a woman
to do who would live in comfort is to
find some man who will be nice to
Some men are "nice" in one way to
their wives, their sisters and their
mothers, 'and these women are re
spected, cared for and made happy.
Others, alas! are "nice" in another
way to the girl who, accepting them,
goes down to sorrow to death.
Do you blame me for wanting to
be a man free to live life as a man
in a man-made world?
Do you blame me for hating to
again resume a woman's clothes and
HEARTLESS SOCIAL CREEDS EXIST BECAUSE
WE ARE AFRAID TO DENOUNCE THEM
BY JANE WHITAKER.
A very strong letter to the effect
that motherhood cannot be a sin un
der any circumstance came to me
the day after a letter had been pub
lished in which the writer believed
that I had tacitly endorsed the heart
less social creed that visits the sins
of the parents on unoffending babes.
I am sorry that my article on ille
gitimate children should have been
construed in that manner, for one of
my deepest feelings is contempt of
the cowardly social creed established
and sustained by cowards which
forces the innocent children to suffer
for the sins of the parents.
It is not 'only a cowardly creed, but
it has a foundation of lies There' is
nothing in the scriptures to indicate
that the God who sends souls into the
world has an. assortment of souls and
differentiates between legitimate and
illegitimate children. We have done
the differentiating ourselves.
So far as motherhood is concerned,
marriage or its lack does not enter
into the 'question. With all my heart
I admir the girl who brings a child
into the world bravely, even after-she
has suffered shame and horror and
remorse because we have placed a
stigma upon her unwedded motherhood.
And with all my heart I despise the
married woman who accepts mother
hood grudgingly, or who evades it by
malpractice, and I believe that the
child of the unmarried mother who
bravely bore it and accepted the
world's condemnation will have a
greater care and love than the child
of the married mother who did not
welcome its advent into the world.
But the trouble is that the bravest
of us are cowards at heart when it
comes to attacking an established so
cial creed. We fear the ridicule of
the world, we fear its misunderstand
ing. We call ourselves free only to
find in such a moment that we are
slaves, chained by invisible cords that
bind so tight that we cringe at the
thought of breaking them.
If we were not cowards the cow
ardly social creed that visits the sins
of the parents upon the children
would not be in existence. And it
isn't the only cowardly creed that ex
ists because we are cowards.
The social creed that ostracizes a
woman who "falls" while it still wel
comes the man who was responsible
for that "fall"! is just as cowardly a
But do we ever do more than whis
per about the cowardice of this
1 creed? And if we- even whisper, are