Vintage sexism: We’re just protecting you ladies from “the burden of politics”


Via Copyranter comes this great anti-suffrage ad from 1915. Seriously, ladies, if you don’t want to accept the vote, Alice Paul will hold a gun to your head and force a ballot into your hand.

“The Suffragists demand that MEN shall FORCE the burden of politics upon ALL WOMEN Without the Consent of the Ninety Per Cent. IS THAT DEMOCRATIC? IS THAT JUST?”

Well, jeez, when you put it that way….

Also: “Woman Suffrage is part of the Feminist Movement, and is wanted by every Socialist, every I.W.W., and every Mormon.” It’s nice that some things never change.

I’ve decided that in the category of “Conservative Arguments in Favor of the Status Quo that Will Look Totally Silly in 50 Years,” this is really one of my all-time favorites: “Trust Us, You Actually Don’t Even Want Those Rights You Think You Do.”

What’s your favorite?

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://cabaretic.blogspot.com nazza

    My personal favorite is the gay marriage will lead to bestiality and incest one. It takes a particular sort of black humor to appreciate it, but with time it will be even more ridiculous than it is today.

  • http://feministing.com/members/cactuswren/ Susan C Mitchell

    Mine is the “but-what-if-everybody” variant of slippery-slope: “If every single person on the planet, without a single exception, engaged in activity X to the exclusion of all others, it would have allegedly undesirable result Y. Therefore, even a single individual’s personal preference for activity X must be discouraged if not forbidden by law. This of course applies only to values of X which I personally disappove.”

  • http://feministing.com/members/reni/ Reni

    I think this is the first time I have seen evidence of Socialists, IWW, Feminists and MORMONS all cast into the same heap. Wow.