April 09, 2007

Girl, You'll Be A Woman, Soon Scans from a 1950's(?) era book on how and why to be a woman. Written by a man, of course. A doctor. via MetaGirlyfilter

The book sort of speaks for itself, so suffice to say the link goes to a blog that scans in portions of said book. Highlights include female circumcision as a means to avoid masturbation, and the unforgettable admonition: "The joy and zest of doing new things and learning practical skills repay the labor entailed in diligently following the rules and instructions." Growing up must be difficult and heck, even girls deserve some encouragement, but this just seems strange advice on every level. sequel here

  • *feels fatigued*
  • *is pissed Praise Her* that some women of that era were sensible. *This does not endorse any god or gods of any gender whatsoever.
  • That's quite a find, indeed. Yikes! Why, don't forget about the men! Harold Shryock, M.D., 97, died March 3, 2004, at Loma Linda, California. He was a respected medical educator, college administrator, author, counselor, public speaker, and family patriarch. Born Edwin Harold on April 14, 1906, in Seattle, Washington, Shryock grew up at Loma Linda, where his father, Alfred, became the sixth physician at the newly established College of Medical Evangelists (CME, now Loma Linda University). Harold married Daisy Bagwell in 1929, graduated from Pacific Union College, and completed his medical training at CME in 1933. He was asked to teach at CME three years later and did so for more than 40 years. He served as dean of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine from 1951-54 and chaired the Department of Anatomy from 1957-69.
  • Neil Diamond - Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon Lyrics Love you so much Can't count all the ways I'd die for you girl And all they can say is "He's not your kind" They never get tired Of puttin' me down And I never know When I come around What I'm gonna find Don't let them make up your mind Don't you know Girl, you'll be a woman soon Please, come take my hand Girl, you'll be a woman soon Soon you'll need a man I've been misunderstood For all of my life But what they're sayin', Girl, just cuts like a knife "The boy's no good" Well, I finally found What I've been looking for But if they get the chance, They'll end it for sure Sure they would Baby, I've done all I could It's up to you Girl, you'll be a woman soon Please, come take my hand Girl, you'll be a woman soon Soon you'll need a man Soon you'll need a man.....
  • I notice in the wedding picture that the flower girl's basket is caught on the hem of her skirt, lifting it a few inches to reveal her lacy slip. Was the artist trying to make some kind of statement about children not having yet learned about sex and sin and such, celebrating their savage innocence?
  • I dunno but the chapter warning young girls about the dangers of "homosexuality" is teh hawt.
  • And whn that 1950's girl finally becomes a woman, she can start practicing Proper, dainty feminine hygiene. SFW, but may cause you to visibly cringe, audibly gasp, and call your Grandma to make sure she's OK.
  • Somebody please create and post a sequel: "On Becoming a Zombie." It should not be difficult. Thank you.
  • Wow! I didn't know you could use Lysol for THAT. Fresh breath from every direction! *cringes, audibly gasps, calls Grandma*
  • And no greasy aftereffect! Thank God for that.
  • This may have been posted here before, but here is a Disney movie about puberty, as well as Molly Grows Up, a 1950s movie. Both are YouTube links.
  • Oh, and dxlifer, a friend of my dad's gave me the cd with "Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon" on it back when I was in high school. I was never quite sure how to read that... We did trade music suggestions from time to time, so it's very possible that he just thought I'd like the song. Still, not much self-awareness there...
  • A cd meredithea? I thought it only came on the album I still have. and sang along to.
  • (Thanks TUM!)