Politics Clipping from Boston Sunday Post, Sun, Feb 8, 1914.

Clipped from US, Massachusetts, Boston, Boston Sunday Post, February 8, 1914

VIRS. HENRY PRESTON WHITE OF BROOKLINE, HEADING ANTI-SI F-FRAGIST, WHO HAS TAKEN EXCEPTION TO THE STATEMENTS OF MRS. BENJAMIN F. PITMAN, A PROMINENT SUFFRAGIST.Mrs. Henry Preston White of Brookline, one of the leaders of theMassachusetts anti-suffragist . movement, has taken issue with Mrs. B. F. Pitman, suffragist, in her published statements condemning the antis.ANTIS DEEPLY STIRREDThe interview of Mrs. Pitman, recently made public, lias aroused a pood deal of criticism among anti-suffragists for its frank and outspoken opposition to ti e anti-suffragist movement. Mrs. Pitman branded the anti-suffragist activities as one of gross misrepresentation and violently assailed tlie cause as amass of corruption, a movement of falseness and fraud, and declared that its accusations that the suffrage movement is identical with that of free love and 'socialism 10 he utterly absurd and malicious.Mrs. White in her reply to Mrs. Pitman says:“Mrs. B. F. Pitman in her clever article tries to throw dust in the eyes of the public and make it think there is no connection between suit rage and lem-inism. And yet the only difference between the suffragist and feminist, as Harold Owen has well pointed out, is that the suffragist does not grasp t;ie full meaning- of her principle and thefeminist does. .“Taking seriously their eager claims for ‘sex equality* and ‘economic independence,’ the feminist merely shows what its consequences are and accepts them. With equality claimed as a right, equalitv must be accepted as a burden. When ‘women rebel at their economic subjection to inert they must earn their own independence by their own effort.“The feminist says: Tnless our talkof equality is all cant, then we must take up the burden of life just as men do, and prove our equality or perish in the attempt. With the assertion of equality must go the last of our privileges.’What Equality Means“But when women take up the burden of life just as men do, many wives, among whom are -mothers, who in their children have the greatest possible stimulus to a richer life, and many _ family girls with splendid possibilities, . more or less lead the life of a courtesan. The only difference Is that these women are not paid. They themselves often have to pay in the form of loans to those invertebrates to whom alcohol, tobacco, silk linings and automobilesare. necessities of life.“A pleasing picture, is it not. And this is the outcome of fepiinist teaching. according to the great feministherself.“Now to what femlpist teachings lead is frankly told by tfllen Key, said by Norman Hapgood to be the greatest living exponent of feminism, in an article in Harper’s Weekly foi* Jan. 31. Feminist teachings have befcn heard much longer in northern Europe than in America, have consequently taken deeper root and are already bearing fruit. A young suffragist who has lived some time abroad stated recently with much pride that in the Norse countries where women have the vote they have taken a firm stand that their lives are their own to live as they like,when a girl marries no questions are to be asked about her past.“Ellen Key says in the article referred to: ‘With most soulmates ofthe present day, the right to happiness has turned out to be a trivial, vulgar gratification of silly desire. J.ust, idleness, the excitement of flirtation and sport cause the too hasty divorces, loose relations and repeated trial marriages, easily distinguished by an increase of coarseness.’“Another writer, Winifred Harper Cooley, in an article in Harper's Weekly of Sept. 27 on 'The Younger Suffragists,’ comments with amusement on the dismay of the middle-aged suffragists at the radical utterances of the younger women in their ranks. She says these older women have not kept up with the times—that to them the vote is a fetich, which they want merely to prove their equality with man and to 'demonstrate democracy’— but that the younger women considermerest tool, a means to end being social revolu-women the oldare frightened, unjust terms of ’ ‘destruction of enter the causeandBBAGE, SAUSAGE,“PAPE’S DIAPEPSIN”Most remedies give you relief sometimes—they are slow, but not sure.Diapepsin is quick, positive and putsyour stomach in a healthy conditionso the misery won’t come back.You feel different as soon as Pape’s Diapepsin comes in contact with the stomach — distress just vanishes — your stomach gets sweet, no gases,the vote the an end, that lion.“The older she says, lest opprobrium, 'free love the family,’ etc., will of suffrage. She asks one to remember that the radicalism of today is the conservatism of tomorrow, and proceeds to set forth the beliefs of the younger suffragists. They believe that the day is rapidly approaching when ‘to be supported by a man In return for the performance of wifely duties will bemorally revolting to every self-respecting wife.’“They also demand a single standard of morality, but she hastens to add that this is not to re interpreted arbitrarily as meaning either a strictly puritanical standard or an objectionably loose one. The conservative women reformers think men should be hauled up to the standard which lias always been set for women, but the other branch, claiming to have a broader knowledge of human nature, asserts that it is Impossible and perhaps undesirable to expect asceticism from all types. The majority of women, she explains, have been eon-strained to a monogamous existence, but monogamy has never existed among men, except in very rare cases!“This is all good feminist doctrine, and is, according to Mrs. Cooley, held by the younger suffragists.“Then, as to the connection between suffrage and Socialism, which also dislikes the family. If Mrs. Pitman looks only among the suffragists of the older generation she may see few Socialists, but let her look among the younger ones and what will she find? The Suffrage Club at Harvard and the Socialist Club have practically the same membership. The student at Columbia who started tlie Suffrage Club also started the Socialist Club, and he and all his friends are ardent feminists. The president of the Hadcliffe Suffrage Club was recently a delegate to a Socialist gathering in New York. Many other instances ‘could be cited.“As to the Socialists who, she says, do not want suffrage to come, they must be rare indeed, since in the suffrage parade in Washington last March the Socialists earied a banner inscribed ‘One million Socialists work and vote for woman suffrage.’“It is quite touching to note how hard the suffragists work the name of Julia Ward Howe. Whenever the up-to-date theories of suffragists and feminists are brought to the attention of the public. the suffragists answer, ‘But there was Julia Ward Howe—she was a suffragist!’ I’m afraid that the name of one woman of the last century, even one of such domestic and home-loving nature- as Mrs. Howe, cannot in the long run blind people to the present tendencies of the movement. The suffragists may be able to keep the rank and file of their own followers, particularly the gentle parlor suffragist type, uninformed as to these tendencies, but the antis are wide awake and careful observers of what is going on.”