1. Do not marry at all
Marriage advice from the suffragettes in 1911
Should you one day visit Pontypridd Museum in South Wales and peruse their collections, you may well see the following list of advice. Written and printed in 1911, it is just one of countless pamphlets that circulated as the Suffragettes fought for the right to vote in the UK.
Advice on Marriage.
TO YOUNG LADIES.
1. Do not marry at all.
2. But if you must avoid the Beauty Men, Flirts, and the Bounders, Tailor’s Dummies, and the Football Enthusiasts.
3. Look for a Strong, Tame Man, a Fire-lighter, Coal-getter, Window Cleaner, and Yard Swiller.
4. Don’t except too much, most men are lazy, selfish, thoughtless, lying, drunken, clumsy, heavy-footed, rough, unmanly brutes, and need taming.
5. All Bachelors are, and many are worse still.
6. If you want him to be happy, Feed the Brute.
7. The same remark applies to Dogs.
8. You will be wiser not to chance it, it isn’t worth the risk.
A SUFFRAGETTE WIFE.
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Interesting list. I wonder what the 21st Century version would state about men and tech (e.g. smart phones or not; electric/hybrid vs. gas vehicles; etc). By the way, did men have rules about women?
This was a delight!