Chief of Police Called For “Placing Responsibility” on Immodest Dress

PLACING A RESPONSIBILITY. An observation recently made by Mr. Joseph M. Quigley, Chief of Police of Rochester and brother of Thomas L. Quigley of this city and the late Archbishop Quigley, is so timely and pertinent that we reproduce it here: “The modern woman’s dress and manner are more to be blamed than the forwardness of man for the sup posed fact that ‘mashers’ have be come a nuisance to womankind. If women are bothered by male flirts who ogle them in public places, or accost them when they are alone, the woman who is the victim must share the blame if she invites advances by the sparseness of her costume and moral carelessness of her demeanor. “So long as women continue to appear in public in such low-necked, short-skirted and generally abbreviated costumes as you may see almost anywhere today, it will be no wonder that men continue to flirt with them. I do not believe that a woman, who is modestly dressed, has anything to fear. “The woman who is troubled by ‘mashers’ usually would do well to consider whether she herself is not at fault. It certainly is not remark able that men try to pick up an acquaintance With women who are dressed as so many of them are, in the height of immodesty. Such women provoke the masher into doing what he does by the display which their improper costumes afford. “If a half-dressed woman walks down a main street every man will turn around and look after her. That is not the man’s fault, but the woman’s. If the woman was properly dressed she would not attract unusual attention. “There is not a single place in Rochester where we would hesitate to send our police-women and they all know that. Let a woman who is dressed modestly go into any place, even where men who have the reputation of bothering women may be congregated, and I’ll wager that every man in that place will rise and take off his hat when she enters. A man instinctively admires and respects a modest woman. “You will find dirt wherever you pile it up, if you make no attempt to clean a place where dirt gathers, it is bound to become filthy. Licentiousness and immorality are to be found wherever they are encouraged Where they are discouraged, you will not find so much of them. “If there were more modest women, fewer women would be bothered by mashers. “I do not believe in spasmodic campaigns to curb the masher and correct other evils. I think it better to go to the root of the matter and by a constant and continued educational effort try to remove the cause.”

Page 23, Our Young People, Volumes 29-30, Copyrighted by St. John’s Institute, April 1919. Published with the approbation of Most Rev. S. G. Messmer, D. D., Archbishop of Milwaukee.

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