Ellen Emerson, So Beautiful, Lecherous Men Kept Accosting Her On The Streets Of New York In 1902
To Fight Them Off She Once Used A Gun, Another Time A Knife
But There’s A Twist At The End Of The Story
She could stop traffic, that is all male pedestrian traffic. Imagine being so attractive that every time you left your home you were the recipient of unwanted stares, comments and in the worst case, groping.
In 1902 at 60 West 98th Street lived Ellen Emerson, who when she went out in public, men would constantly ogle her.
The undesired attention from men was so bad that she brandished a gun at one of her pursuers and a knife another time to protect herself from being accosted.
Within a space of four weeks Joseph Pulitzer’s Evening World did two stories about Mrs. Ellen Emerson. The first story which ran on November 8, 1902 told about Mrs. Emerson’s dilemma; “attractive and blonde and long the victim of ‘mashers.'”
Ellen told an unnamed reporter, “My life has been made a perfect burden for me by these obnoxious men. I don’t know what there is about me. I am not a loud dresser, but I scarcely ever go on the street without being pursued.” Continue reading