Sunday, August 25, 2013
The original street walkers
Why did this come into my mind? I have no idea...
When you think of a street walker and you are my age, that is typically better known as a prostitute. But I know who the original street walkers were; my great-grandmother told me.
I was probably about 9 or 10 and was at my grandma's house. We were watching the news which came out of Chicago. There was a story about crime and cracking down on a ring of prostitution. My grandma said back in the 20s women walked the streets to get away from their husbands always wanting sex. There was a lot of drinking and carousing so the only way women could catch a break was to walk the streets until late into the morning when they would return to a sleeping husband and some peace.
Apparently that was mistaken for illicit activity and the term stuck. So now you know. Once upon a time women walked the streets to get away from sex. Now they walk the streets looking for it.
That's a history lesson I definitely remembered.