“Suffrajitsu”

A tongue-in-cheek article from the Northern Advocate, 9 May 1914.

STRENUOUS SUFFRAGETTES

The latest development of Suffragette militancy is the art of “suffrajitsu.” Militants who are assigned to political meetings and to get in a word for suffrage are being coached in the new art, the chief feature of which is their ability to twine arms and legs around a chair or pillar in such a way that it would take a small army of ushers or policemen to pry the disturbers loose. The system worked well on its recent trial at a meeting addressed by John Burns in Streatham, London, until the head of the Local Government Board ordered the stewards to remove the chairs as well as their occupants from the hall.

The Labour Party, which, in spite of its advocacy of equal suffrage, is being attacked because of its alliance with the Liberal Government, has hit upon a novel plan to meet this latest move of the Suffragettes. Husky women stewards are being employed to deal with the interrupters; the plan is a distinct success, because, on account of a subtle point of militant psychology, the sense of martyrdom is less comforting when one is ejected by a member of one’s own sex. At a recent demonstration the militants cried, despairingly, “Why don’t you send your men to put us out?”

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