Suffragette pamphlet from 1918 giving marriage advice to women is hilarious

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era, on display at the Pontypridd Museum in Wales, is going viral as people laugh – and probably cry a bit – at the outdated advice.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


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.



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