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'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' AND 'Isn't That Just Like a Man!'

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Author: Irvin S. Cobb
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,896 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 43,531
Added to site: 2008.01.13 19691

'Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are!' by Cobb;
'Isn't That Just Like a Man!' by Rinehart.

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managers of big city shops once lifted the rule prescribing certain modes for their female working staffs--if they should give their women clerks a free hand in choosing their own wardrobes for store hours--well, you know how women are!

Nevertheless and to the contrary notwithstanding, I will admit while I am on this phase of my topic that there likewise is something to be said in dispraise of my own sex too. In the other--and better half of this literary double sketch-team act, my admired and talented friend, Mrs. Mary Roberts Rinehart, cites chapter and verse to prove the unaccountable vagaries of some men in the matter of dress. There she made but one mistake--a mistake of under-estimation. She mentioned specifically some men; she should have included all men.

The only imaginable reason why any rational he-biped of adult age clings to the habiliments ordained for him by the custom and the tailors of this generation, is because he is used to them. A man can stand anything once he gets used to

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Leah A. Zeldes

This pair of essays shows how little gender roles have really changed in the past hundred years. Therefore, unfortunately, they aren't very funny.


This pair of essays represent a fascinating glimpse of the gender rights rhetoric of the early twentieth century. Rambling, by turns patronizing, sexist, admiring and reverential, the authors reflect on many topics from suffrage to fashion. A quick read that is both humorous and thought-provoking.



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