Sunday, August 8, 2010

Don't Be Cheap

Here is a quaintly mind-bending excerpt from a 1924 etiquette book, shocking but true. To quote:
 The true love of a good man is worth winning. It is not won by the girl who lowers herself in a man’s eyes. To her might apply the time-worn toast of man to “The New Woman: once our superior, now our equal”. A man must look up to that which he loves. The girls for whom men find life worth living are those who are ideals as well as companions.


Anonymous said...

I'm doing everything I can to teach my daughter that her vocation is more important than any rage, fashion, or passion. If we understood celibacy in its essence, that you belong to everyone unless and until God leads you to sacramental marriage, we would all be healthier and happier.

elena maria vidal said...

I agree. We need to teach our daughters to respect themselves and others by teaching them their human dignity. They are not playthings.

Julygirl said...

Fear of the consequences (and my mother) is what kept be from misbehaving. That often helps until a young person can embrace ethical and/or moral standards.

elena maria vidal said...

Yes, and the consequences can be dire and life-changing.

Colleen Hammond said...

It's up to the young lady to set the standards, and I think our society has lost that concept. The feminist movement has damaged femininity so much!!!

Men, whether they realize it or not, count on women to be firm in the area of 6th and 9th Commandment issues. But young gals these days seem to be more concerned about being popular than being pure. Or maybe they don't even know what purity is/means anymore!!!

Either way, it's lovely to know like-minded ladies--even if we only know each other on the Internet--who are striving to raise young ladies who are interested in being pure and not those who want to lure.

Thank you, Mary-Eileen, for all the lovely articles you post that inspire us to follow the example of former generations of great ladies!

elena maria vidal said...

Thank you, Colleen, and thanks to YOU for your wonderful and courageous work. Women set the standards of a society and always have.