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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 23, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 15

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ininity he becomes the most hated of
all God's ceratures, the effeminate
male, the "sissy."
The most admired woman is the
woman with masculine attainments,
the woman who indulges in athletics,
who is strong, pur and wholesome..
The day of the "clinging vine," the
sickly, always-ready-to-faint woman
has passed. She is no more admired.
The perfect man or woman is made
up of both femininity and masculin
ity. Because a man is good to loot at
at does not mean that he is effem
inate. If a man is able to display a
perfect body moving in such rhythm
as to please the eye he is entitled to
dance and entitled to be judged as a
man in the true sense of the word.
God made man's body, more beau
- tiful than woman's. The perfect- fe
male body is pasisve rather than vir
ile. It is beautiful in repose and lan
guor, while man's body is beautiful
in action and its display of strength.
Every man should dance, but he
should' dance as a man, not as a
woman. Dancing is sexless and be
longs to womenno more than men.
A male dancer can be thoroughly
masculine and there is every reason
that he should be. But we have as
sociated beauty as belonging solely
to women so long that we consider
beauty itself effeminate. Whereas
beauty has no sex and is as legiti
mate, an expression for man as for
There is an infinitely greater vari
ety of themes available for masculine
interpretation than feminine, so why
not interpret them? ,
The perfection -of the ancient
Greek was due to his dancing. It was
a part of the education of the Greek
youth. All Greek soldiers were ex
pert dancers. Sophocles, the drama
tist, we are told, appeared and
danced naked and unashamed in the
Stadium where the victory of Mara
thon was celebrated.
A male dancer is now liable to be
received with derisive laughter, but,
T 100 years 'ago it was considered quite
effeminate to 'play the violin.
Changing a popular misconcep
tion is uphill work and cannot be
accomplished in a day, yet it will be
accomplished and the male dancer
will, at some time in the future, be
hailed with as much, if not more, en
thusiasm than the female dancer.
By bestowing on her the decora
tion of the "Golden Palms" and nam
ing her Officer de l'lnstruction Pub
lique et Beaux Arts, the French gov
ernment gave its highest honor to
Miss Burke, of Scottish woman's
hospitals, who has been speaking in
Britain, Canada and America on be
half of the French and Serbian
armies. ,
o o
We,know a lot of men who always
grumble about hard times, yet they
would consider it an insult if they
were offered a job.

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