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Miss Abigail has a collection of over 1,000 classic advice books, spanning from 1822 to 1978 and covering a variety of topics, from love and romance to etiquette and charm. The collection sparked the idea for this site, then a book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which has inspired an Off-Broadway production of the same name!

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Knowing What to Do If Whistled At

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

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1956: Knowing What to Do If Whistled At

Boys sometime cluster in groups and whistle at the girls who pass by. Girls often wonder just how to interpret this kind of attention, and what is the best way to respond. Some girls ignore the whistled salute entirely. Others blush and act embarrassed. Some girls toss back a remark that will cause the boys to laugh. These responses tend to perpetuate the practice and do not help the two sexes to enjoy each other as they might. The girl with poise, who accepts the whistle with a friendly smile that is neither embarrassed nor fresh, often helps the boys to feel that she is approachable without being forward.

Boys who whistle at girls usually are those who have not yet learned to enjoy girls as friends. The whistle is the boy’s way of recognizing the girl as a female. If she responds without too obvious coquetry, the boy’s interest in her may be quickened. Moreover, he is not scared off by her forwardness nor amused by her fear. In time a girl not only gains the boy’s respect for her as an individual but also makes friends among those who are most congenial.

Source: Duvall, Evelyn Millis. Facts of Life and Love for Teen-Agers. New York: Association Press, 1956.
~ pp. 120-21 ~