The Worcester Convention
The Phrenological Journal, speaking of this convention, has the following:
"The move is a good one, and should have the cordial concurrence of every lover of both the sex and the race. Many old-style conservatives will undoubtedly jeer at the Movement, and many others wonder what they will find to talk about and do; yet time will show that it is imperiously demanded, and will result in good.
"We fear, however, that as one extreme follows another, and as woman has been too generally excluded from the deliberations of men, men will be excluded from the deliberations of this convention. It is announced as a convention of women. This is obviously an error. If man will not do the work, and if women will not take hold in conjunction with man, it is obviously best that she take hold alone. But the true modus operandi is for both sexes to unite in this movement. It is not so much for woman to elevate herself, nor for man to elevate woman, as for both to meet in consultation, each earnestly inquiring what can be done to elevate and improve the feminine. There should be no female conventions, no male conventions; but all conventions should combine all the qualities of the male sex with all those of the female. In plain English, society has overlooked this great law, that the sexes hold exactly the same relation to each other in their collective capacity, that husbands and wives hold toward each other in their individual relations. As, in all the affairs of life, the married pair should mutually consult with and for each other; and as it requires the heads and hearts of both successfully to plan and carry forward all the important, and even all the detailed affairs of their lives, so the sexes are virtually man and wife, and hence man should make no move without the concurrence and aid of woman, and woman none without the help of man.
The philosophy of these remarks is unmistakably correct, but the editor is strangely mistaken about the character of the proposed convention. The call is addressed to "the MEN AND WOMEN of our country who feel sufficient interest in the great question of woman's rights," &c., and it expressly says:
"Men and Women, in their reciprocities of love and duty, are one flesh and one blood--mother, wife, sister and daughter come so near the heart and mind of every man that they must be either his blessing or his bane. Where there is such mutuality of interests, such an interlinking of life, there can be no real antagonism of position and action. The sexes should not, for any reason or by any chance, take hostile attitudes toward each other, either in the Apprehension or amendment of the wrongs which exist in their necessary relations; but they should harmonize in opinion and co-operate in effort, for the reason that they must unite in the ultimate achievement of the desired reformation."
It is, moreover, signed by about an equal number of men and women, so that the remarks of the Journal do not at all apply to it.