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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Color of Deprivation

I seem to remember back in high school experiencing some pressure to "put out," if you know what I mean. (Remember, we're talking the EARLY sixties, here.)  Having been raised in God-fearing Catholic homes, and having had 12 years of C.C.D. (Confraternity of Christin Doctrine) classes pounded into our heads, my close girlfriends and I lived in fear of the wrath of God if we failed to be anything but "pure in heart, word, thought, and deed!"
One girlfriend of mine, who had attended parochial school, used to tell us stories of the nuns warning the adolescent girls that they must keep their legs crossed at all times, "so the Holy Ghost wouldn't come to them." (Apparently they didn't feel immaculate conceptions to be a rare occurance!) She also shared with us that when dancing, we must "leave room for the Holy Ghost!"  (There's something contradictory about those two adminitions.)  In any case, is it any wonder that many high school boys suffered from unrequited lust?


Such circumstances required creativity on the part of said boys. It was not unusual if a boy were to get to the point of passionate kisses with a girl (and maybe slipping her a little tongue), for him to push for more intimate favors. Logical arguments would be presented; "other girls are doing it;" "if you really loved me, you would," and when all else failed, horror stories of great pain caused by bloated testicles
which could become discolored.
At the time, most of us girls didn't give much credence to those arguments, including the last one!  Of course, that was the only one that had any validity to it...I mean there is such a condition as vascocongestion; however, I'm sure most teen boys were able to beat that problem on their own.  As for the technicolor aspect of the situation, I never took it seriously until I saw this photo the other day:


Maybe there really is some truth to the term "blue balls."

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32 comments:

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hahahahahahha! That last photo is fabulous! I'm afraid to ask what it really is :-)
Cheers,
jj

rose said...

Hi! i have memmories of nuns telling us girls to keep your legs together. They were like storm troopers so very little or if any thing happened between the girls and boys. No fun.

Kristina P. said...

Oh, wow! Not photoshopped, huh?

Janiece said...

wow..wow..

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

You are KILLING me!! :)

The Vegetable Assassin said...

You know, any girl worth her salt would call them on that "blue balls" thing. I'd say, "Oh, I'd like to see that!" and wait for them to prove it. In fact, I'd offer to put out if it happened like they said.

Boy, that'd be frustrating for a guy, huh! To get what he wanted, his gooseberries would have to explode.

Brian Miller said...

it is rather painful as well...

JennyMac said...

HAHAHAHA..that picture is hysterical and perhaps the only time I have given the blue balls theory any credibility. LOL.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

As a born-again, card-carrying, spirit-filled Christian, I'm always amazed and saddened by the ways that the "church" went to keep us from sinning! Threatening us with a visit from the Holy Spirit when it's something God wants for us.

And as for boys, I've also been the cause for vasocongestion; and I've had those awful lines said to me. Little did I know I was prematurely channelling Shania when I responded with:

"That don't impress me much!"

Moooooog35 said...

God.

It's like I'm looking in a mirror.

From behind.

I'll stop now.

Ms. Wanda said...

LMBO!!! I'm laughing at the comment you left me and those Blue Balls:) Love this post Ms. Eva!!!

xoxoxox

Midday Escapades said...

Bwahaha - blue balls. Ah yes, I remember it well along with the "everyone else is doing it" speech.

Robin said...

Ahhh yes blue balls...or black and blue from where I come from...well only the fresh ones...Ahh what am i talking about..I liked the fresh ones..hahah..!

Danica-Dragonfly said...

Oh my goodness - you are a scream!!

It's funny, while driving to work this morning, I was reminiscing about my teen years and the pressures I faced with the boys. That would have been in the eighties - and other girls WERE doing it.

The picture is classic. BRAVO!

DJan said...

I was not raised in a strict school like you were, but the pressures were the same, wherever you went, at that time of our history. Everyone knew who the "bad" girls were, and I remember how I looked up to them! I loved the power I had over the guys, just to make out with them, but it seems I could just say no and listen to their lamentations. Today guys don't take no for an answer, it seems.

Writing Without Periods! said...

Okay, the picture of that monkey(?) is so fab for this post. Now that I'm over 40 I never close my legs. You and the nuns have just explained what my problem is. :-)
Mary

bluewhitelife said...

whoa, you knew what CCD stood for? I'm pretty amazed at your skills :)

Jingle said...

it seems like you have done your homework, informative post!

glnroz said...

LOLOLOLOL,, Ms Eva,, you aint GOT no sense..LOL...I am nuts about your crazy stories,, lOLOl,,, Thanks for the participation. Pls send you address to Ms. My Voice My View,, lol,, I will have to show this post to THE BOSS.. lol

ilovepink1078 said...

Great Post! very interesting and reflective. Thanks for sharing

R.J. said...

I've always wondered how the nuns knew so much about that subject. It's like having a football coach who has never played football. Will your next post be about the vervet monkey's other colorful feature?

Jen said...

Oh, My! I guess we know that there is nothing like the fear of God etc. these days! Wow! Poor,Poor guys....black/blue balls!!

Steven Anthony said...

maybe thats why I dont like the color blue...lol

Claudia Medeiros said...

Dear Eva,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog :)

Have a blessed day !

xxx

From the Kitchen said...

Oh yes, I remember those days well. Today it doesn't seem to phase most young people. They just jump from tryst to tryst with great abandon! Love the "blue balls".

Best,
Bonnie

Jake said...

I also remember those stories in school from the nuns.

But the picture is absolutely priceless!!

Just love your blog. Hubby is retiring on Friday!!!
Going to take some getting used to. I might actually like going to work!

Jackie

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: Perhaps a long burried psychosis involving the color blue, eh?

Bonnie(fromkitchen): Thanks for dropping by.

Jen: Maybe that's a good thing, for balls! lol

ilovepink: Your welcome!

Glen: I'm so glad you keep coming back--is it just to check to see if the white coat guys have taken me away yet?

Jingle: It's my job to keep people informed on these important issues.

bluewhitelife: We had to memorise the catechism...and the name was on the cover...I can probably still quote the first few questions and answers!

Rose: so true! I think they messed up more than a few heads!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Blue Balls of fire? Was that a song? Do you think the is blue 'periwinkle' or do yo think it is 'sky' blue? Perhaps the men could comment on the exact shade because I of course never even SAW balls until I was married!

Candice said...

Brent's balls are more of a seafoam green most of the time.

Unknown Mami said...

Too bad the boys didn't carry around that picture to prove their point.

bettyl said...

Wow, I guess if it's on the internet it must be true, but, back then, I sure thought they were just trying to get into my pants!

Marla said...

MY EYES!!!!