Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cause and Effect in the College Years


Fresh air, breathed in and then exhaled, echoed:  Free at Last!  Free!  Free!  A flurry of  young freshman  girls unpacked boxes from car to dorm, with parents’ help.  No need for help it turned out.  The girls had been planning their escape for the past year.

Then the freshman mixer after reluctant parents disappeared was rife with giggles and nervousness.  The school year began.
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The fresh batch of fairly innocent freshman girls were greeted a bit too friendly by older class males.  Ah!  Innocence—how nice it smells.  Red Riding Hood enacted on a college campus.

Some of female dorms were noted as the “free and easy dorms”, making the marks a bit too easy.  Really easy.

“Every year this happens.  You’d think the parents would talk to their daughters about this.  But, no.  To discuss this is to condone it. So, here we are, again,” Nurse Ruth cursed.

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What happened every year?  The young gullible girls on Third Floor Jennings Dorm (the easy dorm; not the real dorm name) had just learned about birth control pills, the miracle of birth control pills!  One girl made an appointment to see a doctor and brought back the round container of pills.

Sooo, when one had a date, she would take one pill and tah-dah she would be safe from getting pregnant.  One pill = no pregnancy.

In three months, three girls were sent home to finish out their pregnancy. 

Fresh air! Free at last!  Free!
Do you recognize boy, left, bottom row?

Late 1960s senior photos:  note hair and clothing styles.


16 comments:

  1. We were so innocent in the days of back combing and hair spray.

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    1. Oh, we were. My mother had never talked to me about sex. She did tell me about "where babies come from", but never gave the mechanics of the process.

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  2. Hmmmm.

    Blessings and Bear hugs! Best regards to the cat.

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  3. Sometimes things are learned the hard way

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    1. Sadly so, and now their is a third life born.

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  4. I remember that freedom...
    I was innocent, but fortunately not that innocent, though goodness knows how. My mother never could bring herself to talk to me about sex or about where babies come from.

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    1. What was about that with that generation?? When Dad came home from the war, they met, got engaged, and then she got pregnant. So why didn't she give me the info I needed?

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  5. The mind boggles! Girls were handed pills with no instructions? No discussion about how they worked and that they needed to be taken every day? I remember my mum and my doctor telling me everything about them.

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    1. It was the world of Mum, as in don't talk about it. Maybe it was a Midwest thing.

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  6. Wow- talk about misusing a product and not being told the instructions. Dang!

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    1. No information at all! It was a wake up call for the whole campus. The college nurse may have had a all girls required speech after that.

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  7. Some things just cannot be effectively shared. ;)

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  8. I went to a college that was dubbed "Pill Hill." Ironically, it had once been a convent .

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!