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DAY-TIME DOWNTOWN FLIRT MOST MENACES
GIRL WHO WORKS LET BEAU CALL AT NIGHT
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Mother Sends Her Daughter Into Office or Factory Yet Will Not Permit the
Young ManTo Call.
BY IDAH McGLONE GIBSON
I wish that the problem in the let
ter printed below were an uncommon
one. But it is not. It is one of the
persistent worries of hundreds of
girls who work; it represents the
clash of ideas between mother, the
protected woman of the past and
daughter, the modern woman in the
"I am in a terrible state of mind,"
writes Irene. "Despair and sorrow
are the only things I see before me.
"I work in a large office building.
I see the boys and girls going togeth
er to all kinds of entertainments but
I never can go.
"I meet many nice young men
every day and some of them ask to
take me out, and they also want to
"But my mother will not let a young
man come to our house, not even to
take me to the theater. I am only 17.
"Several tims I have been tempted
to meet a real nice young man away
from home but I don't hke to lie to
mother about it.
"I am melancholy and sad but if I
tell mother the reason when she asks,
then she scolds me dreadfully and
says a girl of my age ought to be
ashamed to want a beau.
"This makes me perfectly furious.
I am not ashamed. But all I can do
is to go to my room and cry.
"Do you think that I am bad be
cause I want to go with a young
I do not. Girls today have no rea
son to be ashamed of wanting men
That much equality of the sexes
has already been conferred upon self
respecting business girls. They may
betray sex-consciousness in fluffy
locks and tinted cheeks and becom
ing frocks, but they do not blush
every time a man speaks to them, as
mother doubtless did; and they do
not hesitate to look frankly into a.
man's face as the maid of years gonfr