Out of touch judges are funny and always have been (a lot of them know they're being funny and playing up to it). Frederick Mead, in his seventies in the 1920s, was all for conservatism and decency, and he went into hives at the thought of women having to hear anything about vice cases, even if they were involved.
When a patrolwoman came up before him (oo-er) and described 'backwards and forwards' movements made by a couple accused of having sex in Hyde Park, which had been observed by two other eye-witnesses, Mead dismissed the charge and called the patrolwoman one of those 'abnormal women who seem to suffer from some sort of moral obliquity'.
This is from Dope Girls again. It's really fun.