History-nerd-mode is in full force today, with this fun fact: In 1923, a group of young women in D.C. was fed up with “unwelcome advances” from creepy dudes, so naturally, they took action… in the bizarre form of starting an Anti-Flirt Club.
Fortunately for us, the rules of the Anti-Flirt Club have been documented and preserved. Dig number 3.
1. Don’t flirt: those who flirt in haste oft repent in leisure.
2. Don’t accept rides from flirting motorists—they don’t invite you in to save you a walk.
3. Don’t use your eyes for ogling—they were made for worthier purposes.
4. Don’t go out with men you don’t know—they may be married, and you may be in for a hair-pulling match.
5. Don’t wink—a flutter of one eye may cause a tear in the other.
6. Don’t smile at flirtatious strangers—save them for people you know.
7. Don’t annex all the men you can get—by flirting with many, you may lose out on the one.
8. Don’t fall for the slick, dandified cake eater—the unpolished gold of a real man is worth more than the gloss of a lounge lizard.
9. Don’t let elderly men with an eye to a flirtation pat you on the shoulder and take a fatherly interest in you. Those are usually the kind who want to forget they are fathers.
10. Don’t ignore the man you are sure of while you flirt with another. When you return to the first one you may find him gone.
Someone ought to revive this club. Also, to continue in history-nerd-mode, the whole thing reminds me more than a little of the women involved in the temperance movement some 50 years prior:
Legit. Although… ALTHOUGH, personally I have to admit these ladies are a bit more my speed: (Just saying.)
This is so interesting! I especially like 9 and 10, which are eerily relatable..
Totally. The “creepy-old-dude” was just as much of a thing 100 years ago!