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How cool is this? I couldn’t not share this with you guys.
The Anti-Flirt Club was an American club active in Washington, D.C., during the early 1920s. The purpose of the club was to protect young women and girls who received unwelcome attention from men in automobiles and on street corners. The Anti-Flirt Club launched an “Anti-Flirt” week, which began on March 4, 1923.
It appears as though the aim was to stop women from flirting, too, but they specifically targeted men who cat called women on street corners. Street harassment is definitely not a new problem, and it’s pretty cool to see some of the roots of the movement to speak out against it.
Their 10 rules for the club are pretty hilarious. They seem more geared towards women and not towards cat calling men, but they remind me a bit of the daily rituals to stop to combat sexual objectification that were just written about in this Ms. Magazine piece. The language may be different, but I have a feeling that the idea is the same.
It’s pretty fascinating to get a glimpse into the work that our predecessors were doing when faced with the same problems that we are today, and sad that not much has changed in the last 100 years.
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