The ladies of  Young Women’s Republican Club of Milford, Connecticut were tired of their men hanging out without them, so they got together for an evening of cards, cigars, naughty alcoholic punch, a striptease of sorts “and such other masculine enjoyments as had frequently cost them the evening companionship of husbands, sons and brothers.” Well, by all means, ladies. Keep on stuffing the crotch of your long-johns and have yourself a wrestling match in the clubhouse in front of a LIFE photographer. Enjoy “masculine” pleasures…

I’m sorry, I was about to say something snarky, but I can’t reconcile my rage at the current GOP’s aggressively regressive attacks the rights of women and LGBT with titillation by this unintentionally queer-esque display of bravado. Also, I can’t decide if the gals in this photo shoot are being teeheehee silly, empowered or self-deprecatingly misogynist. Teeheehee.