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Various reasons (says a Home .paper) have been given at different times by men for refusing women the suffrage. Once it was the wearing of the crinoline, Tso one oapable of donning such a senseless garment was worthy of a vote. Then the chignon became the disability. It proved a lack of the necessary wisdom. More recently the rampant dress improver stood in the way. " How could we give a vote to th.{\t?" said the venerable statesman, pointing to a woman walking in an "improver" down Piccadilly. Small bonnets and large hats have also afforded a weapon to opponents, but it remained for an American to point out that the real reason for women's condemnation to political insignificance is to be found in her wa.nt of pockets. This tend.s to. helplessness, and has a profound effect upon character. A man's numerous pockets render him resourceful,'self-reliant, and give him the confidence and assurance that are so inestimably valuable^ not only in })olitical matters, but all the affairs of ife. They do not prevent him from forgetting things, which is a disadvantage ; and they sometimes give him a sense, of superiority which may not be well founded. A woman who cannot find her solitary pocket suffers from a foeling of helplessness and inferiority which may not actually be justified by facts. She may be, in many matters, quite the equal of the many-pocketed male who watches her

groping struggles with cynical amusement. But for the moment she is at an overwhelming disadvantage. And it is not only for their contents that the accessibility of pockets is a desirable thing. There are other reasons which make them act on character. Occasions occur when, if a man could not put his hands in his pockets, he would feel completely at loss. The act expresses certain phases of mood and is useful as giving a vent to emotions which would otherwise need, words. The pocketless woman has to speak, and words are often dangerous things, not only in what they convey to. others, but in their reaction on the speaker. ■ Half a dozen pockets placed in various positions about a woman's dress would work wonders. It is perhaps the acquiescent meekness of women in sartorial matters that affect their convenience which induces the critical and the censorious to infer that tJiey are unworthy of the suffrage.

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WOMEN AND POCKETS., Ohinemuri Gazette, Volume VII, Issue 250, 27 June 1896

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WOMEN AND POCKETS. Ohinemuri Gazette, Volume VII, Issue 250, 27 June 1896

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