A gem from our soon-to-be-released Catalog 19: First Edition of WOMEN AS SEX VENDORS or WHY WOMEN ARE CONSERVATIVE (BEING A VIEW OF THE ECONOMIC STATUS OF WOMEN), by R.B. Tobias and Mary E. Marcy (1918).
Top 5 Favorite Quotes (it was hard to only pick 5…this book is a gift that just keeps on giving):
1. “There is no office or saloon scrub-woman so displeasing and decrepit, no stenographer so old and so unattractive, no dish-washer so sodden, that she does not know, tucked far away in her inner consciousness, perhaps, that, if the very worst comes and she loses her job, there is the truck driver or the office clerk, the shaky-legged bar patron on the road to early locomotor ataxia, or the squint-eyed out-of-town salesman, who can be counted on to tide her over an emergency - usually for goods delivered” (p.13-14).
2. “When a man is out of a job and broke, he is flat on his back…When a woman loses a job, she has always the sale of her sex to fall back upon as a last resort” (p.14).
3. “Among men, the possession of, and ability to support a woman in perpetuity, whom no other may touch, is honorific, a high sign of display. It announces to the world that such a man is able to hold a trophy in the struggle for existence. A monogamous wife is, in fact, an emblem of well-off-ness, and greatly to be desired” (p.22).
4. “Nearly every ordinary woman under ninety, hopes some day to find a man who will marry her and support her for the rest of her days. Instead of fitting herself for a trade or a profession, young women, and old women, devote their time to schemes for prevailing upon some man, to pay the ultimate price and marry them” (p.24-25).
5. “Listen to a group of boys talking among themselves. You will probably add some useful knowledge to your mental equipment, for you will hear them discussing feats in civil engineering, problems in electricity, mechanics, physics, chemistry, surgery, as well as events in the world of sports. On the other hand, the conversations among girls are almost entirely on the subject of boys, men, clothes and the theatre” (p.32-33).