Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sister stories.

In the 1950's, the nuns disapproved of girls wearing make-up in grade school. They said it looked cheap; pierced ears were considered cheap too. And of course, scarves tied on the chin - they knew exactly what that meant Missie.
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Photo credit: Untouched photo of school girl being tortured by Sr. Rosie O'Donnell.

4 comments:

  1. This posting brought to mind a stage performance my parents treated the family to this past Christmas season. It was hilarious ... It was a one woman act who played a nun who pulled together a Christmas Carol performance, as well as create a Nativity scene and solved a mystery.

    Audience involvement was mandatory ... to the embarrassment of many in their seats. Our teens were giggling up a storm. The poor ladies who showed up w/revealing tops had to wear hankies throughout the show and lectured on modesty. Her discipline of the male audience was quite funny too. It was a lot of fun and the actress didn't miss a beat. But the poor Catholics ... especially those who forgot their past lessons ... I believe the show was Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold. It was a hoot.

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  2. Tieing their headscarf (babushka) on their chin? That's to keep the chin warm, at least in Duluth it was the reason.

    Was there another reason?

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  3. My mum had pierced ears at school and was told it she looked like a hussy but after a visit from my grandmother the nuns let her wear 'sleepers'. Mind you my grandmother also had her ears pierced as a child only it was my great grandmother who marched up to read the teachers the riot act over their comments - but then my maternal family were always considered a little 'racy' and 'non conformist' in the village anyway...

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