Loving, loved wives never talk “woman’s rights.” Only dissatisfied wives or unmarried grumblers are agitators. This sour, dissatisfied, hardened, hateful, because hating, glum Miss Woman’s Rights likeness, Fig. 524, typifies this whole class, whose right label is “public scolds.” Whoever proposes to such repellent looking women? When affectionate wives and mothers protest we will listen; yet if petted American women need to “agitate,” surely abused foreign should make the welkin fairly ring with their outcries. What one is in a genial, attractive, womanly mood? Only those who are have any right to croak; for only laying hens should cackle. Yet such say nothing.
From “Private lectures on perfect men, women and children, in happy families” by Orson Squire Fowler, 1880.