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Antioch College with its policy of practical experience was the scene of a "leap week", at which time the young ladies of the institution overthrew the conventional male dominance and took matters into their own hands. Feeling that a time had come for a serious consideration of the problem of feminine control of social matters, the traditional masculine yoke was removed and the girls were given their chance. They were allowed to request the company of a favored gentleman "without the least embarrassment", and to enjoy generally the "freedom" of masculine life. The dances had a well-filled stag, or more correctly, doe line, and the men were left to their own devices to attract the necessary attention.

However, all of this attempt to acquire equality seems to have gone a little too far. In the first place, women have had centuries of practice in forcing men to ask the proper question at the correct time while the male experience has been confined to merely acting on the hints. Moreover, the less favored of the female sex have built up that great tradition of not beautiful, but nice, so admirably supported by well meaning aunts, while man is merely conceited or ugly. Men have, after all, been fairly patient in bearing with feminine supremacy, and it does seem to be a little too much of a gloating attitude to call this development equality. At all events, it is to be hoped that these young ladies have appreciated the full significance of that term, duty dance.

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