Monday, July 10, 2006

It's National Nude Recreation Week! Yay!

(Due to circumstances beyond our control, this is an actual blog post tonight)

I am quite sure that no one forgot that this is National Nude Recreation Week, and everyone is probably out celebrating right now.

To commemorate the occasion, we here at Random_Speak had originally planned a very special post filled with perkiness, spirited high jinks, frolicking, Bacchanalian revelry, merriment, romping, and completely irresponsible behavior.

However, we regret to inform you that the Censorship Committee has caught wind of the whole affair and replaced it with an alternative alternate post instead.

Our apologies.

Excerpts from Emily Post's book on Etiquette (1922)
Chapter XIX: The Chaperone and Other Conventions

"Young girls for whose sole benefit and protection the chaperon exists (she does not exist for her own pleasure, youthful opinion to the contrary notwithstanding), have infinitely greater freedom from her surveillance than had those of other days, and the typical chaperon is seldom seen with any but very young girls, too young to have married friends. Otherwise a young married woman, a bride perhaps scarcely out of her teens, is, on all ordinary occasions, a perfectly suitable chaperon, especially if her husband is present. A very young married woman gadding about without her husband is not a proper chaperon."
" No young girl may live alone. Even though she has a father, unless he devotes his entire time to her, she must also have a resident chaperon who protects her reputation until she is married or old enough to protect it herself—which is not until she has reached a fairly advanced age, of perhaps thirty years or over if she is alone, or twenty-six or so if she lives in her father’s house and behaves with such irreproachable circumspection that Mrs. Grundy is given no chance to set tongues wagging."
" A young girl may not, even with her fiancé, lunch in a road house without a chaperon, or go on a journey that can by any possibility last over night. To go out with him in a small sail-boat sounds harmless enough, but might result in a questionable situation if they are becalmed, or if they are left helpless in a sudden fog. The Maine coast, for example, is particularly subject to fogs that often shut down without warning and no one going out on the water can tell whether he will be able to get back within a reasonable time or not. A man and a girl went out from Bar Harbor and did not get back until next day. Everyone knew the fog had come in as thick as pea-soup and that it was impossible to get home; but to the end of time her reputation will suffer for the experience."

(We sincerely hope that this has been informative)


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