The great 1927 riot of Poughkeepsy
In 1927 women members of the "Poughkeepsy Feminist Union" began a demonstration march in the small town of Poughkeepsy outside of Pittsburgh, PA, demonstrating against the Sexist stance of the local Bookshop owner who was selling a version of "Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf" who was not edited according to the 1923's AntiSexist and equal Right Act. (see also the "Poughkeepsy Times" 10/12/1927)
The unedited version portrayed Litle Red as a scared little girl terified by the Big Bad Wolf and completely helpless before him and his evil plans concerning her's and her grandmother's future in contrast with the version comforting with the 1923's AntiSexist and equal Right Act. Which portrayed Little Red as a modern educated woman with iron resolution who was fighting for her place in society not taking crap from anyone, a woman which in sort ate wolfs for breakfast. The edited version caried to our days and loved by feminists at all ages going under the title "Who's your Daddy now wolf?".
The march began with as little as 200 women participating, but the number quickly increased as a mumber of local women and men ,who favoured the cause , joined in. In the end that morning 2500 people ended up outside Mr Carlise's Bookshop demanding for the forementioned version of the book to be taken out of circulation.
The mob was peacefull at the beginning but things took an utter twist when the head of the march Mrs. Davis went in to notify Mr. Carlise of their demands. Mr. Carlise reportebly said to Mrs. Davis "So you're a feminist uh? How cute".
This Fact infuriated the mob and things got quickly out of hand. The angry mob invaded the Bookshop breaking everything in their path, some started a bonfire burning the book in question along with other known sexists books such as:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl,
- How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell,
- Don Juan by Moliere,
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky,
- Our Heart by Guy de Mopasan
The Police arrived sortly after ,along with a group of Vicious Police Rabits,but did nothing as there were no african american participating in the march and they were uncertain as to who to beat.
The group finally disperced slowly, the first to leave were the women on eminopause who chilled after burning a few books, followed by the women on their period who decided to go nag their husband's at home instead.