This is What a Feminist Looks Like…in 1912

Images of the suffragettes reveal that early feminists looked much like their third wave modern variety – plain or downright ugly.  This will come as no surprise to those students of the history of feminism who understand that ‘the women’s movement’ has always been driven by the gradual (and sometimes sudden) loss of female sexual power since the Industrial Revolution, modern capitalism, and mass urbanisation.  The first wave of feminists were motivated by much the same thing as their 21st century counterparts – fighting against the fact that one is an unattractive loser in a free sexual market.  The vote was seen as merely a means of controlling male sexuality and social morals, and was a continuation of the Victorian ‘Social Purity Movement‘ that sought to abolish prositution and raise the age of consent.

In particular, the suffragettes were responding to the loosening of sexual morals brought about by Industrialisation and the move from the countryside to the city – social upheavals that brought in their wake such threats as prostitutes, later marrying ages for girls (and thus more available single girls), and more reliable and cheaper forms of male contraception (condoms).  Likewise, in our own age, feminists are taking ever greater control over governments and societies throughout the world because of globalisation and its many threats to female sexual power – from cheap Polish prostitutes to jailbait webcam teens stripping in their bedrooms.  In a free sexual market, ugly women are the greatest losers.  Feminism is the political process of forcibly transferring sexual power from the young and beautiful to the old and ugly (female).

american suffragette 1910

American suffragette 1910

emmeline pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst’s arrest

Sylvia Pankhurst

Social Purity Feminists

Lillian Forrester (vandalized portraits of beautiful women)

votes for women

Arrested suffragette

More arrested suffragette terrorists

Report on arrest of suffragette terrorists

Suffragette 1910

Suffragette 1913

Mary Lee

Sojourner Truth


A feminist has responded to these images, and my characterisation of the early feminists as being notable for their physcial ugliness by claiming that ‘everybody’ was unattractive back then.  Take a look at the following pictures of Edwardian stage actresses and early silent film stars of the 1910’s and 20’s, and see if you agree.

Maud Fealy

Mary Pickford

Mabel Normand

Louise Brooks

Lilian Gish

Julia James

Evelyn Laye

Unknown Edwardian stage actress

Dorothy Janis

Dorothy Janis

Clara Gordon Bow

Blanche Sweet

Mary Miles Minter


9 thoughts on “This is What a Feminist Looks Like…in 1912

  1. Eric

    Any guy who been brought up in the feminised Anglosphere ought to look at pictures like these to see real women actually looked like.

    One of favorites, too, was Marguerite Clark. She was the original ‘Snow White’. Compare any of these to so-called ‘sex symbols’ Hollywood trots out today…LOL

    BTW, I think the ‘unknown actress’ might be Mabel Taliaferro. She was in a few very early silent films and was the first ‘America’s Sweetheart’ before Mary Pickford.

  2. hurp

    Interesting hypothesis. One problem with it is that many if not most of the better-looking actresses you mention were feminist or proto-feminists. One person said Pickford was a natural born feminist, and Clara Bow, according to Wikipedia, represented “the “new woman” in fashion throughout the twenties; this meant a woman who rejected the pieties (and often the politics) of the older generation, smoked and drank in public, had casual sex, and embraced consumer culture.

    Those are just two examples, mind you. The unfortunate conclusion I have drawn, though, is that it seems likely many of the young and/or beautiful women that you love (or, at least, don’t hate as much) are your enemies as well.

  3. Eric

    Bear in mind, though, that those articles you cited might well be feminist revisionism. Clara Bow kind of fit that profile, but she was kind of a rebellious girl looking to be ‘rescued’, and she eventually was—LOL. I’ve never heard Mary Pickford thought of as a feminist.

    Another actress, Patsy Ruth Miller, was about as vocally anti-feminist as they get.

  4. Ellie

    So feminists are supposed to be ugly? Hmm…

    I know that actresses are SUPPOSED to be attractive…

    And most actresses are actually…feminists…

    Are anti feminists unattractive men who are pissed at women for rejecting them?

  5. Eric

    I had a chance to look up the link on Mary Pickford; those authors are all feminist or feminist-leaning film critics and academics. IOW, they have 0% credibility LOL.

    The roles that Mary Pickford usually played were of a type that’s no longer seen in Hollywood: what the feminists interpret as a ‘strong woman’ was really a portrayal of feminine courage and self-sacrifice for the good of others that accented and enhanced Mary’s delicate appearance. In other words, she projected an image of superior feminine morality along with her physical feminine qualities.

    But today’s feminist academics sweep those things under the rug and interpret them in light of supposed ‘patriarchal oppression’.

  6. admin Post author

    The point of this article was not to prove that actresses are better looking than feminists, but that females in the early 20th century were as good looking as, or even better looking, than modern women. The early feminists were indescribably ugly. This has been excused by the claim that men and women in general were uglier back then. My article disproves that, giving actresses as an example.

    MRAs get accused of being ugly losers bitter at being rejected by women all the time. In fact, that is really the only argument that feminists direct against the men’s rights movement – with absolutlely no evidence to back it up. Personally, I am not bitter at being rejected by women, I’m bitter at ugly women passing law after law that prevents me from seeking sex with attractive women.

  7. Eric

    It’s actually feminist personalities that I find most unattractive. They give off an aura that makes me not want to be around them.

    As for women rejecting us, I don’t seem to have that problem with non-feminist women, i.e., those born outside our culture.

    Really, what you feminists should do is simply accept that ‘feminism doesn’t work’, reject it yourselves, start behaving like civilized women again, and maybe men might be interested in you again.

  8. Nonny

    Sojourner Truth was a feminist? How though? Didn’t feminists only cater to the ugly white women (or should I say the ‘right’ white). *Confused* Even today I don’t feel that mainstream feminism even relates to black or non-white women.

  9. Eric

    Feminism has always had a strong connection to Marxism and appeals to minorities on its premises of ‘class struggle.’ However, I do agree that racist white women are its motivating force (at least today it is—I’m not sure about the 19th & early 20th centuries).

    The modern feminists, especially at the higher levels of the movement, are aggressive promoters of abortion and birth control among American minorities and among women abroad. Since the 1920s and 1930s, many are openly, or sympathetic to, eugenicism.

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