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.
Photo credit: Untouched photo of school girl being tortured by Sr. Rosie O'Donnell.


  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.

  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?

  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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