Dr. George W. Crane’s H-E-L-P Formula

A nugget of applied psychology wisdom from the 1960s: How young women could avoid date rape, according to Dr. George W. Crane, a well-known psychologist and newspaper columnist — "Girls, if you can keep your escort talking, you can ward off assault, even by a vicious rapist! So ply him with questions! Keep him talking! Praise some of his good points but always fade out of your part of the dialogue with a question mark!"

Crane's logic was that, "A man cannot engage in gay conversation and meanwhile be sexually passionate! For these are opposing actions!" He offered the H-E-L-P formula as a mnemonic to help women keep the 'gay conversation' going. The idea was that they should quiz a potential assailant about Hobbies, Entertainment, Literature, and Politics, in that order.

There's more about Crane on Wikipedia. Apparently he developed the first computer dating organization. There's also this:

His articles consistently emphasized the use of logic in approaching life and solving problems. However, the logic presented in his columns was often unorthodox. As an example, in an article entitled,"Why Men are Superior to Women," Crane offered the argument in support of his thesis, "How many women have you heard about, [sic] who were shepherds?"

Mansfield News-Journal - Mar 21, 1968

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 17, 2018
     Category: Psychology | 1960s

This needs to be reposted nation wide as a sure-fired fix to the MeToo crapola that's going on.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/19/18 at 08:01 AM
Yes! We found the one guy who could stop facepalming long enough to comment! Do you remember the famous "stop her talking with a kiss", and its underground cousins "stop her talking with a slap" and "an unconscious girl cannot chat your ear off"?
Posted by Yudith on 10/20/18 at 11:06 AM
Whoops!!! I've hit a nerve!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/20/18 at 11:10 AM
Congratulations, Expat, you're a ge-noo-wine fscking ee-dyot. You're cold, hard proof that my prejudice against expats isn't actually a prejudice at all.
Posted by Richard Bos on 10/20/18 at 12:50 PM
Keep them cards and letters coming Expat47. Glad your back.
Posted by Steve E. on 10/20/18 at 06:17 PM
Hay, Steve, just dropped in to stir the pot a bit. Seems to be easier now-a-days than it used to.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/20/18 at 10:56 PM
Sometimes it is, but I do understand both sides. I have missed all of the folks who were prolific posters on the site. Stick around.
Posted by Steve E. on 10/21/18 at 12:18 AM
No doubt! As a man I can only surmise what a woman goes through when attacked but... screaming like a wounded banshee on TV to "get your way" isn't seeking justice either.

Either way... I'm here for the time being.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/21/18 at 12:24 AM
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