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Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!

Irvin S. Cobb and Mary Roberts Rinehart

Book Overview: 

This warm, affectionate duet of essays by two of the early twentieth century's most popular writers is a bit dated but still entertaining.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .duct of some of the women who have been for it.

To myself I often said:

“Certainly I favor giving them the vote. Seeing what a mess the members of my own sex so often make of the job of trying to run the country, [p15] I don’t anticipate that the Republic will go upon the shoals immediately after women begin voting and campaigning and running for office. At the helm of the ship of state we’ve put some pretty sad steersman from time to time. Better the hand that rocks the cradle than the hand that rocks the boat. We men have let slip nearly all of the personal liberties for which our fathers fought and bled—that is to say, fought the Britishers and bled the Injuns. Ever since the Civil War we have been so dummed busy telling the rest of the world how free we were that we failed to safeguard that freedom of which we boasted.

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Community Reviews

There is a companion essay by Mary Robert Rhinehart which is better. These essays were written before women got the vote but I find it very dated.

Half of the time I wasn't sure if I should feel offended or amused, however, the book is meant to be a satire, so I ain't getting offended..
The playful use of words is very amusing indeed
A tender passe temps

A light-hearted short essay which was fun to read. Make sure you read the related: "Isn't that Just Like a Man!" by Mary Roberts Rinenhart for hearing out the other side from approximately same time.

The author humorously nags about females' behaviour, touching on politics of its time...more

You find funny sentences here and there and that's it. Dated, and a lot of sexist to be honest. Because even for comedy genre, there is a line between sexist and funny.