Suffragette pamphlet from 1918 giving marriage advice to women is hilarious

Marriage advice written amidst the women’s rights movement in 1918 is making the rounds online for its unique take.

A pamphlet from the era, on display at the Pontypridd Museum in Wales, is going viral as people laugh – and probably cry a bit – at the outdated advice.

The unnamed woman’s advice begins with a simple, strong message:

Do not marry at all.

Right, solid stuff. Then it gets a bit strange.

But if you must, avoid the Beauty Men, Flirts, the Bounders, Tailor’s Dummies, and the Football Enthusiasts.

Instead…

Look for a Strong, Tame Man, a Fire-lighter, Coal-getter, Window Cleaner and Yard Swiller.

What’s a yard swiller, anyway?

There’s also this bit, that the likes of Piers Morgan will no doubt hate:

Don’t except [sic] too much, most men are lazy, selfish, thoughtless, lying, drunken, clumsy, heavy-footed, rough, unmanly brutes, and need taming. All bachelors are, and many are worse still.

The pièce de résistance came at the end, which ironically read less like a feminist statement and more like an uncomfortable legitimisation of a stereotype

If you want him to be happy, Feed the Brute.

The same remark applies to dogs. You will be wiser not to chance it, it isn’t worth the risk.

A SUFFRAGETTE WIFE.

Awkward.

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