In this piece of anonymously-authored ephemera [Ten Little Suffergets], suffragettes are pictured not as men, but as roly-poly three-year-old girls. They bear an array of placards whose slogans mix the actual platform items of women working for the vote (“Votes for Women,” “Equal Rights”) with petulant and childish demands (“No More Early Bedtimes,” “Cake Every Day”).
In the course of the book, the weak-willed protestors leave behind their goals one by one, after kissing boys, eating too many sweets, or simply falling asleep—a story that paints women’s desire for suffrage as frivolous and shallowly felt.
Get it? Suffer-gets instead of “suffragettes,” which was already a patronizing term (as opposed to “women’s sufferage advocates”), but apparently it wasn’t patronizing enough!
Who bought this stuff? Probably the same tedious people today who buy children’s books by Lynne Cheney and Rush Limbaugh–the kind of people who buy books that suit their interests, not those of the children they’re buying for.