Thursday, July 28, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Purchasing one's first bra and enduring the embarrassing but necessary fitting was a major event. Popular advertising slogans described the hopeful nature one felt - an overnight transformation, with beauty, maturity and desirability following.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Training began in early childhood. Sewing as well as cooking and ironing were considered prize attributes. Girls were expected to be accomplished in those areas while demonstrating a sweet disposition, so Mr. Right would be knocked off his feet and want to marry them.
Beauty pageants existed for every conceivable event - Miss Water Sports, Miss Neches River Festival, Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition Queen; even Miss Firecracker Legs. Girls paraded across the stage one Fourth of July in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with the curtain lowered to reveal only their legs. Judging took place solely on the basis of the beauty of the contestants' legs.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Sex education was virtually non-existent. Sex was not discussed. Parents made the book Growing Up available, and children relied on older siblings, National Geographic and art books for additional information pertaining to sex. Being caught doing "research" at the library was very embarrassing.