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CONCERNING THE MASTERFUL MAN AND THE
SUPERIORITY HE WANTS BY NIXOLA GREELEY-SMITH (Copyrighted, 1914, by the Newspa per Enterprise Association. Bo women prefer- masterful men ' as lovers and husbands? From the beginning of the world men have cherished the belief that the strong arm is. as effective in love" as in war. And many a middle-sized, middle-aged-citizen whom you and I think of merely as "Mamie Jones' brother" or' "Susie - Johnson!s hus band" goes through lfe with the de lusion that h is a ,Gaesar of senti ment, an invincible Napoleon of sex. But does anybody, take him seri ously? Has he really any reason for believing that -women like his airs . of conquest; his swaggering assumption of superiority to them? Rosa Mayreder, a German femin ist, has written a brilliant bok, "A Survey of the Woman Problem," in which she discusses the power of "the strong-arm in love and asserts the vogue of .the masterful man is very much on the decline. She says swag gering in men is the equivalent" of coquetry n women that it is, in fact, masculine coquetry, but adds that, outside the realm of sex, the "su periority" of the masterful lover sel dom asserts itself. She says for in ferior men "woman is always the, best audience." Howev,er tame' and feeble they may be in reality these men like, to swagger before women's eyes like stage heroes. "The man with a genius for love" is just the opposite of the masterful man in this author's opinion. He is all sympathy and respect for women and realizes that she is "the other half of his soul," as Goethe express ed it. x Now what do you think about it?' Less than 50 years ago the romantic novelist, in describing the first soul- ful meeting of the drooping heroine and the dark, melancholy, arrogant henvdid not fear to write "Claribel took one look in those flashing eyes and realized that .at last she had found her master!" It's my opinion there are still plen ty of Claribels alive, that there is unfortunately a type of woman who enjoys being browbeaten and bully ragged by men. No one who has spent much time in those clearing houses of family strife, the domestic relations courts in our big cities, can fail to realize women actually exist who do not object seriously to being" beaten by their husbands. Discussion of their peculiar characteristics does not belong in a newspaper. It is part of the strange pathology of sex. We must rememberthe. woman who takes the masterful man at his OWN VALUATION is sometimes laughing in her sleeve. If. by con- , ceding the superiority of the master ful man, you can induce him to do all your thinking, to work for you, to permit you all the follies of irrespon sibility and expect from you nothing but the cuteness of a kitten playing, with a ball of yarn, it takes strength of mind and genuine moral force to do it! And thai is practically what wo men have done for a longtime. They concede the masterful man all the superiority he wants and put him to work for them! But I don't be lieve they love him as they do the man who has too much brains to Iswagger before them. I think even in 'Turkish harems there must be wives who view the peacock poses of their fractional lords with a smiling," pro found contempt! In more progressive countries the. masterful man is getting rather scarce and pretty soon he will disap pear from earth altogether and re lieve that awful "isolation" not whol ly heid by the dodo!