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100 Years Ago: Truth mongering about the sexes

By "Jim"

Being a man unusually delicate of constitution and fragile of psyche, I find myself languishing from the dog days doldrums, a condition unquestionably exacerbated by the following article. If there's anything that debilitates your humble contributor, it's unadulterated truth-mongering.

This first appeared in the Chicago Post and subsequently was reprinted in the Adair County News 100 years ago this week.

The Superior Sex

There is a lot of vainglorious expression on the part of the men about their being the superior sex. We hear too much of man's endurance, of his intellect, of his executive ability, and all that sort of thing.

Take a man and make him wear a spotted veil and he will be nearly blind within a year.

Pinch a man into corsets and within a week he have heart trouble, chronic pleurisy, acute indigestion, appendicitis and a funeral.

Pile a few pounds of false hair on a man's head and he will succumb to brain fever within a month.

Tie a man's ankles a hopple (sic) skirt and he will have rheumatism, followed by paralysis of the legs from lack of exercise.

Clamp a man's feet in tight shoes and make him toddle about on high heels and he will die of the charley horse.

Man loses on the score of endurance alone. Intellect and executive ability are argued by the capacity to combat these tortures and trials. Man is undoubtedly the inferior sex and should retire to the last row of seats and be quiet.
"Jim," quietly reporting from the last row of seats.

The next earlier"Jim:" History of Adair County, 115th Anniversary of the death of Adair County Civil War Hero Col. Frank Wolford

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