About "We don't serve unescorted ladies at the bar" from an Alfred Hitchcock episode. When I was 21, and lived in Boston, my boyfriend and I went into a "tavern" for an after dinner beer. The bartender ignored me, refused to serve me, asked him why he had 'brought me' in there, and told me that women were not allowed in taverns. It was and perhaps still is a BLUE LAW in MA! When I politely refused to leave, they said they would call the police to arrest me. They locked my boyfreind out, locked me in and the bartender and customers continued to insult and harrass me. I told them to call the police. I said that Federal anti-discrimination law trumped old blue (based on religion) laws. They pushed me around with big brooms, while I sat holding on to my stool. I was shaking with fear, but I would not budge. I kept quietly requesting 'May I have a light draft, please?' Until a cop arrived. He tried to get me to leave, but didn't know which law to uphold. They agreed to close the tavern early - about 8:30 PM, if I would leave. I waited until every customer left, then I walked out. I hung around to be sure they stayed closed. When an old man started to go back in, I said I would too. He answered, "Lady, I'm just going to use the men's room." I defiantly said, "I'll come back tomorrow with my women friends and we'll liberate the men's room tomorrow!".