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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 21, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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sometimes obliged to work evenings.
I had encounters with that pest, the
male flirt, but he by no means con
fined his game to evenings. Hit type
would be encountered afternoons as
well. A couple of experiences were
dreadful. Why did I not call a po
liceman? Because I feared the pub
licity, as no doubt many other
girls do.
I was a fair-looking girl, but I al
ways dressed quietly, and certainly
never tried to attract attention.
While shopping downtown now 1
once in a while see the pest male
flirt eye and annoy a young girl,
and I wish for the moment I were a
woman "cop."
It was amusing to read of a couple
of girl reporters starting out to seek
experiences, riding about the city a
whole half day, and no man tried to
flirt with thorn. Perhaps the reason
was they were too anxious. When
one considers how many fine, chiv
alrous men there are ia Chicago it
must be admitted that, while the
male flirt is a reality and sometimes
a menace, he is also, thank God, in
the minority. Mrs. B. C. W.
By Jane Whitaker
Although I have often fejt impa
tient when some learned and invari
ably middle-aged or elderly man
shouted to the world a denunciation
of women's mode of dress as the
greatest contributing cause toward
immorality, the knowledge that way
back in the beginning of time a man
blamed a woman for nil first sin has
tempered my impatience with amuse
ment. But I ceased to be amused yester
day when a woman told me, with ter
rible earnestness, that the sight of
a soft, white throat of a young girl
was an indecent exposure and fol
lowed the statement with the decla
ration that women had -no right to
resent the insults of men. so long as
they invited them by their dress.
To hide my impatience I smiled.
"Do you see that man over there?"
Icasked: "You can plainly see the
contour of his limbs, and while his
shoulders may not be as broad as
they seem in his coat, there isn't a
doubt that he means them to seem
that broad. Yet it wouldn't occur to
you that because his clothing reveals
the fact that he is a rather attrac
tively built man he is a contributing
cause towardwice. would it?"
l"he woman looted at me in speech- J
less amazement. But I knew what
her answer would be, anyway, so I
rambled on.
"It always seems to me that since
the time Adam, quicker wltted than
Eve, managed to make her shoulder
the blame for a mutual sin that he
fixed the status of men as the tempt
ed and of women as the tempters.
And we have never had the courage
to question that belief. A man de
serts his wife for another woman and
we always know that the other wom
an tempted him from the path of
duty, but if a woman who deserted
her husband should tell a court that
she did so because the man's dress
revealed the fact that he was slim
and muscular, while her own hus
band was fat and flabby, a storm of
ridicule would assail her.
"Yet that excuse would be' as true
from the woman as from the man.
When women wore voluminous,
skirts that covered their ankles and
consequently trailed the streets, many
men spent a great deal of their leisure
on windy or muddy crossings.
"And the same thing happened
then that happens now. The woman
who was not attractive did not at
tract and the woman who is not at
tractive is just as safe in a tight
fitting gown as the girl who does at
tract is unsafe in. a voluminous Qne."
Clothes are merely the latest ex-
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