The “Physical Force” Fallacy.

"We are thy daughters: of no lesser breed could such a cry for justice first have come, or such strong odds be faced!": Rare first editions of Laurence Housman's The "Physical Force" Fallacy and Woman's Cause

The “Physical Force” Fallacy.

HOUSMAN, Laurence.


Item Number: 135236

London: The Woman's Press/Women Writer's Suffrage League, .

First edition of Laurence Housman’s treatise refuting the “physical force” anti-suffragette argument. Octavo, original wrappers. With a first edition of Woman’s Cause, a prologue also written by Housman for the Scala Theatre Matinee, November 12th 1909. In very good condition. Rare.

In 1872, the fight for women’s suffrage became a national movement in England with the formation of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage and later the more influential National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). In addition to England, women’s suffrage movements in Wales, Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom gained momentum. By 1906, the movements had begun to shift popular sentiments and a militant campaign began with the formation of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Known as the suffragettes, its membership and policies were tightly controlled by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia (although Sylvia was eventually expelled). The WSPU membership became known for civil disobedience and direct action. It heckled politicians, held demonstrations and marches, broke the law to force arrests, broke windows in prominent buildings, set fire to post boxes, committed night-time arson of unoccupied houses and churches, and—when imprisoned—went on hunger strike and endured force-feeding.

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