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Are Women People? A Book Of Rhymes For…

Are Women People? A Book Of Rhymes For Suffrage Times

by Alice Duer Miller

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A slim collection of poems mocking common sexist thought and arguments. Pointed and hilarious, like an early Dorothy Parker. Each poem is accompanied by a quote of a recent legal decision or editorial that provides context for the piece--and they are so sexist that they're both laughable and terrifying. I originally found this through the Hairpin's review.

A personal favorite, which still seems a bit too applicable:

It's treating a woman politely
As long as she isn't a fright:
It's guarding the girls who act rightly,
If you can be judge of what's right;
It's being—not just, but so pleasant;
It's tipping while wages are low;
It's making a beautiful present,
And failing to pay what you owe.
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  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
A nice collection of US suffrage rhymes and other snippets - with titles like "The Revolt of Mother" and "Why We Oppose Pockets for Women". As far as poetry goes, it's pretty dreadful - but that isn't what it's for. It is a pointed but humourous contribution to the campaign for female suffrage in America and (more particularly) a piece of well-deserved mockery for anti-suffragist speakers and writers. Well worth an hour or two - especially at election time! ( )
1 vote AriadneAranea | Apr 20, 2010 |
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