Rules of the Anti-flirt Club, 1923

In 1923, a group of women in Washington, D. C. formed the Anti-Flirt Club, an organisation "composed of young women and girls who have been embarrassed by men in automobiles and on street corners," its aim being to protect them from any further harassment. As with all good clubs, a list of rules was issued to its members.
  1. 1.
    Don't flirt: those who flirt in haste oft repent in leisure.
  2. 2.
    Don't accept rides from flirting motorists—they don't invite you in to save you a walk.
  3. 3.
    Don't use your eyes for ogling—they were made for worthier purposes.
  4. 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. 5.
    Don't wink—a flutter of one eye may cause a tear in the other.
  6. 6.
    Don't smile at flirtatious strangers—save them for people you know.
  7. 7.
    Don't annex all the men you can get—by flirting with many, you may lose out on the one.
  8. 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. 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. 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.