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Sociological Images

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Dec 9 '13
Suffragettes were the original cat ladies.
Your cats don’t want to vote in the next election, and so women shouldn’t either. This was the argument of the anti-suffragists in the early 1900s:

"Cats were a common symbol in suffragette imagery.  Cats represented the domestic sphere, and anti-suffrage postcards often used them to reference female activists.  The intent was to portray suffragettes as silly, infantile, incompetent, and ill-suited to political engagement."

More anti-suffrage postcards featuring kitties — and more on the theme — at Sociological Images.

Suffragettes were the original cat ladies.

Your cats don’t want to vote in the next election, and so women shouldn’t either. This was the argument of the anti-suffragists in the early 1900s:

"Cats were a common symbol in suffragette imagery.  Cats represented the domestic sphere, and anti-suffrage postcards often used them to reference female activists.  The intent was to portray suffragettes as silly, infantile, incompetent, and ill-suited to political engagement."

More anti-suffrage postcards featuring kitties — and more on the theme — at Sociological Images.

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    Equating women to animals to disparage them has a long and dishonourable history. Don’t do it.
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