The Politics of Valentine’s Day

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So you thought Valentine’s Day was all about candy and flowers?  During the early twentieth century, when women’s suffrage was a hotly debated topic in America, even this seemingly apolitical holiday sparked satire.

In this 1907 anti suffrage postcard, the artist shows a suffragette in a disheveled looking outfit, with an ill fitting coat, an asymmetrical skirt, and a lot of leg showing.  Is the implication that if suffragettes dressed better, they might get more support.  Although the figure has on a skirt, her hat, coat and big pin make me think that Dr. Mary Walker might have been the inspiration.

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One Response to The Politics of Valentine’s Day

  1. Lizzie says:

    It’s really strange that so much of her leg is showing. So unfeminine!

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