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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 09, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 30',
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-PSYCHOPATHIC LABORATORY BRAND PUT ON
EXPLOITED WOMEN WORTHLESS
BY JANE WHITAK.ER
The psychopathic branding of ex
ploited women as about 80 per cent
mental defectives., is the next step in
the history of such' exploitation.
There are two points worthy of
note about the psychopathic test.
One is that successful business men,
lawyers and writers have failed to
take this test successfully. Another
is that the exploited women sent to
be tested are almost invariably those
so subnormal mentally that anyone
who passes may read without any
test of this laboratory. And these are
picked out of the women who come
into the morals court, who, as a
whole, are never the cream of ex
ploited women, but are those who
must ply their trade on the street or
in the hands of the little exploiters
of women and spend a portion of
their time in the toils of the law. In
many cases they are already wrecks
of womanhood-; in all cases they are
soliciting for bread and butter, a
place to sleep and a few decent
Until they reach this precarious
street method of soliciting they are
not disturbed by the law. They are
not taken out of the big hotels, and
it is a matter of common knowledge
that exploited women ply -their trades
in big hotels, but never reach, at this
stage of their exploitation, the
morals court, and hence not the psy
That this branding by the psy
chopathic laboratory is exploitation
cannot be disputed. It brands that
large percentage of exploited women
as hopeless in the beginning and thus
it covers up the vicious beginning of
their exploitation by big business
and leaves them the prey of exploita
tion until they drop in the gutter and
The reports of this laboratory are
published and the head of it, Dr.
Jfickson, lectures on the subject and
is frequently quoted in the newspa
pers. Judge Uhlir frequently- uses
the figures of this laboratory. So
ciety women repeat them. A clamor
arises to find a lot of places to send
exploited women where they may
be shut away for good. They are
hopeless and always were hopeless '
the brand of the psychologist says
What are the facts? These. The
girl on whom the life has not yet
told so badly that she is unable to
hire a lawyer and get a bondsman to
secure her freedom doesn't submit
to a psychopathic test.
The woman who does submit is
the woman that anyone can tell at -a
single glance is mentally defective
more often as a result than as a
cause of her life.
A girl stands before Judge Uhlir
accused of soliciting. She was on
probation two years ago and fined
$50 about the same time. Probation
officer lost track of her when she "
married an old man.
The girl is so evidently mentally '
defective that a public official stand
ing beside me remarks to me of the
fact I dp not answer him, because
it is so obvious.
"Take this girl to Dr. Hickson and
have her examined," says the judge. -
A woman alcoholic is before the
judge. She just finished a term in
the Bridewell. The officer says he
found her going up and down the
street drunk, her hair down her
back, soliciting men, while children -follow
"Take her to Dr. Hickson and have A
her examined," says the judge.
They were two I have records of '
others of like caliber and what do
these statistics prove? In the first
place, the psychopathic laboratory -"
doesn't get anywhere near 80 per '
cent of the girls who come into this
court. In the second place, there is -no
division made between those girls u