Sunday, March 03, 2013

Feminist Projection for the Future, Clearly Stated in 1920

The following is an article by the socialist feminist Crystal Eastman.  It was published shortly after the ratification of the 19th Amendment (Women's Suffrage) in 1920:

http://womenshistory.about.com/library/etext/bl_eastman_crystal_1920.htm

When I dig into history, I am reminded time and again of the old adage that there is "nothing new under the sun." This will become evident to you also, as you study the linked essay and note how many seeds of the present were planted in the soil of a century past. And those of greater discernment will note the seeds of present mischief in particular. Barring her somewhat quaint manner of expression, the author sounds little different from feminists we have known in more recent times. For even in those distant days, they harbored plans for radical societal transformation, and their programme hasn't changed much apart from a greater militancy, stridency, and arcanity.

Feminists such as Crystal Eastman were not, for the most part, associated with the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan (WKKK). That was largely the province of provincial ex-suffragettes, women of roughly the same social cohort as our current Traditional Women's Rights Activists (TWRAs).

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