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Do Men Like Athletic Women?

This is the question which " Eita " asks in an article in the May number of Cassel's Magazine, which must; inevitably evoke hostile critisim. According to " Rita "•— It is this type of girl—the hard knockabout " sporting " girl —■ who offtira man a wide field of speculation in the problem of life companionship. She is nob manly enough for one side of hi 3 nature, nor womanly enough for the other. With her slang terms, her manish dress, her avowed taste for cigarettes and " big drings," her brus qne, rough overbearing manners, her perpetual " chaff," or her perpetual silly laughter, she is-af: once an annoyance aoo an object lesson. A lesson in what to avoid, not in what to admire. What can men think of women wh< openly avow thut " domesticity " is a bugbear, and that children are a " hatefu nuisance?" I have heard these expre-■ =.ioas on counfclpgs occasions from the li of" sportswoman." True that tho Hpeakei are strong and hardy and " all-round-goou sort," to quote their male friends' definition ; but they were not lovable, not feminine, certainly not attractive or humane. No sportswoman can be that. She has but one conception of inte'ligence—hor own. That ifc leads her to cruelty, to recklessness, and coarsens all the finer instincts of her nature matters nothing. She has no sympathy with the lovely free things of wood and moor : of looh and river ,■ to her they are merely " sport." She would shoot them without a pang j hunt them to their death-agony uumoved ; strip them for fur and feather and plume for her own adornment, and then cry shame on the naked beauties of—uncivilisation ! She does these things, and is rearing a new race of sexless athletes to do them also. She has apparently no regard for the qualities of mercy, or the dull and unexciting life of home ; yet she expects man to admire, to love, and to honour her because she is still —Woman. But do they ?

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6607, 28 June 1905

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Do Men Like Athletic Women? Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6607, 28 June 1905