Montreal Standard, 30 September 1905, page 11
Why do men shirk matrimony?
Claimed Higher Education is to Blame.
Girls must come to their senses.
Too many embarrassing ceremonies.
Very few domesticated women.
Man detests a masculine woman.
Timid men scared at terrors of the altar.
The reason why so many men remain single is surely quite obvious, namely, the lack of domesticity in women of the present generation.
Higher education of women is one of the main causes for many a man not marrying. He desires that his wife should be satisfied to be a power only in her own home, and to be a good mother to his children; and if he cannot obtain this, he remains single.
Why are bachelors on the increase? Is the prevailing feminine cry, and the reply is: there are at the present time, such a scarcity of domesticated women, and a man is, consequently, somewhat loath to give up his freedom and perhaps his friends, for a woman who could not make a comfortable home for him.
A bachelor may have his club, but he has no home, for it is a woman that makes a home, and not a man. Lots of men will remain single, and the cry of too many bachelors will continue until girls come to their sense and understand that their duty in this life lies with their home, and not to increase the already overflowing professions, which make women hardened and unsexes them. If there is anything an average man detests more than another, is the woman who adopts masculine ways and manners. A man wants for his wife a womanly woman, he can get the companionship of a many any time.
Another reason that so many men shirk marriage is the embarrassing ceremonies to be gone through before he becomes a married man. I would make a heavy wager that if it was only a legal formality to be gone through, with only one witness, the number of men remaining single would be cut down by one-half. Not, by any means should I advocate the withdrawl of the ecclesiastical portion of the ceremony, but it should be simpler in character, and less public. The dread of walking down the church with hundreds of people watching his movements, has kept many a timid man from popping the question.
The last defence of the so-called shirkers, is the lack of encouragement he gets from his fortunate or unfortunate friends, Smith and Jones, who, invariably, slap him on the back and call him “lucky dog” and look at him enviously, and talk of the good times they use to have when they were bachelors, and were then free and happy to do as
Used to have when they were bachelors, who may have perhaps had some intention of marrying, goes to his club, and thinks how lucky he is; didn’t Jones and Brown say so, and accordingly, makes a firm resolve to steer clear of the fair sex in the future, and vows eternal celibacy.
ONE WHO KNOWS.