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Linton- Life in the Collections

William James Linton:

105) Bicycling.

n.p. (Hamden / CT) 1896

A gender-related meditation on the new means of transportation. Interestingly the old advocate of women’s lib tunes here in his late days into the argumentation of his ex-wife Eliza Lynn, who criticized feminism for its unwomanly conditioning. “(...) And woman should be graceful, as of old. / But, tired of the sewing practice and indoor work, / she mounts the outdoor machine and wears the fork / Appropriate, for street laughter to behold. Men are so faulty, she must imitate / Their foolishness, but herein comes the sting: / making herself more manlike is one thing, / but would she womanship quite abdicate?”