Saturday, March 03, 2007

Alluring Advertisements

Despite my complaints about the gender/class sledgehammer that Carolyn Strange weilds in "Toronto's Girl Problem," I AM enjoying much of it. And since today is an "eat Ched-a-Corn and watch Catherine Tate" sort of day I've had some time to read a little bit further.

Midway through the book she presents a reproduction of a 1912 flyer from the "Toronto Vigilance Committee." Besides the usual hysteria about white slavery and indecent literature, the TVC lists "alluring advertisements" as a source of concern:
Recently a number of persons have been advertising for lady stenographers, waitresses, etc., and when the applicants called, they would be rudely treated by being asked such questions as: 'Do you wish to have a good time, and make big money?' 'Do you smoke, play cards, dance, stand on your head?' 'Do you desire to go to wine suppers?' 'What are your measurements from your hips down?' One villain of a man induced one of the young girls to go to an establishment he operated on Bathurst Street, and there accomplished, possibly, the ruin of the girl. OUR SISTERS AND DAUGHTERS MUST NOT BE SUBJECTED TO THESE GROSS AFFRONTS!
I have to agree. I HATE it when guys in bars ask me if I stand on my head.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

So I guess that means no walking on hands?

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VanillaJ said...

A modren ad would read: "Do you do girl on girl? Enjoy anal play? Erotically shaved and groomed? Do you own a variety of costumes? Looking for top dollar and flexable hours?"

Do I like "wine suppers"? Hell YES!

Muffy St. Bernard said...

Not to mention they wouldn't only ask for measurements from the HIPS down. Yes, "girl on girl" would definitely be the top criteria for such people.

I get the impression that everybody can walk on their hands except me! Though come to think of it I've never tried...

Morgan said...

Except for the girl on girl, it sounds like my resume....lol

Muffy St. Bernard said...

Holy cow, Morgan...that IS you! And now that Anna Conda's on the scene...