Saturday, January 28, 2012

Throwback

Check out this album of songs for women's suffrage. If you are like me and sometimes sit alone in your room and listen to "Solidarity Forever" and Ani Difranco's "Which Side Are You On?" on repeat, you will enjoy these.

Unfortunately, I cannot find any of the songs on youtube to embed them, so you have to go to this page or check out Songs of the Suffragettes on iTunes.

First Wave history is literally what I learned to read on and since getting older and learning about the darker side of the suffrage movement have not been so jazzed about reading about it, but I find these songs delightful.

On a related note, the Hairpin recently posted an article about an old book of satirical suffrage poetry, which is well worth a look at. For example, there is this excellent piece on pockets:

Why We Oppose Pockets for Women
1. Because pockets are not a natural right.

2. Because the great majority of women do not want pockets. If they did they would have them.

3. Because whenever women have had pockets they have not used them.

4. Because women are required to carry enough things as it is, without the additional burden of pockets.

5. Because it would make dissension between husband and wife as to whose pockets were to be filled.

6. Because it would destroy man's chivalry toward woman, if he did not have to carry all her things in his pockets.

7. Because men are men, and women are women. We must not fly in the face of nature.

8. Because pockets have been used by men to carry tobacco, pipes, whiskey flasks, chewing gum and compromising letters. We see no reason to suppose that women would use them more wisely.

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