January 8, 1902

On January 8, 1902, the state of New York passed a law that criminalized the act of men turning around on a street and “looking at a woman in that way.” Assemblyman Francis G. Landon, the lawmaker who championed the bill, also put in penalties for offenders. First time offenders would be fined $25. Repeat offenders would be forced to wear horse blinders whenever they left their homes or businesses and stepped out in the streets. Unfortunately there are no known cases of this law being enforced.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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