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Thursday, May 20, 2004

The Music City Suffragettes

On the metro on the way back from orientation tonight, I was reading The Majesty of the Law by Sandra Day O'Connor, and came across an interesting quote in the chapter about the women's suffrage movement:

"When Wyoming sought statehood in 1890, pressure was applied in Washington to repeal women's suffrage. And indeed, the bill to admit Wyoming to the Union met tremendous reisstance in both houses of Congress. One senator from [predictably] Texas even predicted that allowing women to vote would result in a disastrous reversal of traditional gender roles: women would 'do military duty' and 'work the roads,' while men would be forced to 'nurse the children' and 'stay at home while the ladies go out and make stump speeches in canvasses.'"

Wait, women having the same rights as men is going to overturn all conception of gender roles, and deteriorate relations between the sexes? It almost sounds like... homosexuals... getting... rights... and destroying... Wait, no, that would be a crazy comparison.

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