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I have never seen any argument against equal suffrage of any significance that was not rather an argument against universal suffrage, and, indeed, nicely considered, much of anti-suffrage, especially in "cultured circles," is really anti-democracy. We have all sorts and conditions of men voting now, it is said, and we cannot afford to have matters made worse by the admission of women, for then the community would be swamped in the great mass of ignorance, now all too large for the public good. But arguments against universal suffrage are irrelevant against woman suffrage. Let the suffrage be limited, if need be, but let it be limited by some rational test and not by mere accidents of sex, which have no rational connection whatever with the right of the moral person to express an opinion concerning social interests and the laws under which he lives.
 
I have never seen any argument against equal suffrage of any significance that was not rather an argument against universal suffrage, and, indeed, nicely considered, much of anti-suffrage, especially in "cultured circles," is really anti-democracy. We have all sorts and conditions of men voting now, it is said, and we cannot afford to have matters made worse by the admission of women, for then the community would be swamped in the great mass of ignorance, now all too large for the public good. But arguments against universal suffrage are irrelevant against woman suffrage. Let the suffrage be limited, if need be, but let it be limited by some rational test and not by mere accidents of sex, which have no rational connection whatever with the right of the moral person to express an opinion concerning social interests and the laws under which he lives.
 
For form's sake, however, we must say a word about the time-worn, but not time-honored, arguments against equal suffrage. Women are still declared, when the phonograph is running, to be unable to fight; as if fighting were the great service society demands, instead of being the lowest and cheapest of all forms of public service. Many distinguished and useful members of society would be ruled out of this test if impartially applied. The clergy, teachers, men over forty-five and a host of invalids are not included in the fighting reserve, but that does not matter. The phonograph was wound up so as to stop at women without any regard to logic. In any case we hope yet to turn the fighting over to the police and leave the ordering of society to intelligence and conscience, not to muscle. Indeed, the great peace movement, which is so promising a feature of our time, is an attempt to replace the belligerency of the human brute by the appeal to reason and conscience.
 
For form's sake, however, we must say a word about the time-worn, but not time-honored, arguments against equal suffrage. Women are still declared, when the phonograph is running, to be unable to fight; as if fighting were the great service society demands, instead of being the lowest and cheapest of all forms of public service. Many distinguished and useful members of society would be ruled out of this test if impartially applied. The clergy, teachers, men over forty-five and a host of invalids are not included in the fighting reserve, but that does not matter. The phonograph was wound up so as to stop at women without any regard to logic. In any case we hope yet to turn the fighting over to the police and leave the ordering of society to intelligence and conscience, not to muscle. Indeed, the great peace movement, which is so promising a feature of our time, is an attempt to replace the belligerency of the human brute by the appeal to reason and conscience.
It is said, too, that we must not burden the women by adding to their already excessive loads. This sounds humane and gives an impression of masculine chivalry and also hints, with pardonable pride, at masculine vigor. Men, it is modestly suggested, spend all their time and grow gray in studying deep political problems, and they cannot consent to put burdens like these upon their already overburdened sisters. But if the good people who talk so had any sense of humor, they would certainly smile at one another, as Cicero thought the Roman augurs mutually grinned when the passed. For the fact is that the average voter does not spend very much time in preparing to vote, and
 

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