Cat calls...They've been thrown out of moving vehicles since the advent of the automobile, and these gals weren't having it. In fact, they formed an entire club precisely to combat the unwarranted harassment that women were receiving on the streets. Created in 1923, the Anti-Flirt Club aimed to protect young women and girls who received unwelcome attention from men in automobiles and on street corners. Their first big event being "Anti-Flirt" week, which began on March 4, 1923.
The club had a list of rules to abide by which was as follows:
- Don't flirt: those who flirt in haste oft repent in leisure.
- Don't accept rides from flirting motorists—they don't invite you in to save you a walk.
- Don't use your eyes for ogling—they were made for worthier purposes.
- Don't go out with men you don't know—they may be married, and you may be in for a hair-pulling match.
- Don't wink—a flutter of one eye may cause a tear in the other.
- Don't smile at flirtatious strangers—save them for people you know.
- Don't annex all the men you can get—by flirting with many, you may lose out on the one.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
They even had a write-up in the Washington Post article on February 28, 1923. The article 10 Girls Start War on Auto Invitation, talked about the issue at hand: "Too many motorists are taking advantage of the precedent established during the war by offering to take young lady pedestrians in their cars, Miss Helen Brown, 639 Longfellow Street, declared yesterday."
Miss Brown, who was the secretary of the club, voiced her opinion bluntly stating "(these men) don't all tender their invitations to save the girls a walk," and while there were "other varieties of flirts," motorists were the absolute worst.
Shown above is the president herself, Miss Alice Reighly. I tried to find more information on her outside of the club, but couldn't find to much. Would love to hear any juicy tidbits you might know about this movement!