The 1865 New York Times Loves A Cat Fight
In researching for this week's This Week In Sexist History, I came across this female vigilante justice gem from the July 11, 1865 edition of the New York Times. The media's obsession with a good cat fight dates back at least 144 years, when imprisoned philanderer and saloon owner Dan Sullivan and rumored home-wrecker "Mrs. Hawley" experience a shit-storm of flying bricks and stones courtesy of Sullivan's wife—and 1,000 of her closest friends. Police removed Hawley from the home early on, then stayed to watch the mob of women destroy two buildings. Meow, indeed.