Generations: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives

Generations: A Century of Women Speak about Their Lives

Myriam Miedzian

Language: English

Pages: 592

ISBN: 0871136783

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Women of various social and ethnic backgrounds talk about how things have changed from their grandmother's day to the young women of today, discussing issues as diverse as dating and education, sex discrimination and women's inner lives. 40,000 first printing. Tour."

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park? And she said, “You’d get arrested if you did,” and you would. So I just didn’t do it. She told us what to do and what not to do, and none of us were ever in trouble with the law or anything like that. Don’t get me wrong, not that we didn’t do some of the things she said not to do—like sneaking out to the river where the teenagers were hanging out and that kind of stuff. But stuff we thought could get back to her and might hurt in some way, we didn’t do it. It puzzled us about not being

shop for funds for the Junior League projects. I loved selling things. Since then I have been very much interested in several things that were county wide—historical preservation, the philharmonic, and Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston. I’m still on that board, and I shouldn’t be because I’m too old. I’ve had my finger in a lot of pies. Women didn’t all work then. And then when you had your children, you were busy with them. Although unlike young ladies today, we had help. From the time

for many years. She is divorced and has three children. One of them, Lauren Morgan Stern also appears in the book. “The agency I run is state based and works on children’s issues primarily in health care, childcare, child protection. There’s about fourteen of us now—some are part-time. My work has been rooted in my Christian faith—with the problems that we face in this community around children and families, I don’t think we could do it if we weren’t able to maintain that sense of optimism.”

as I would to have an orgasm. When I first started having sex, I didn’t really know what an orgasm was. I think it was through masturbation that you finally realize what it is. At least for me and some of my friends, you just can’t have it through straight intercourse. You have to work at it. I had a girlfriend just the same age as me, and she said, “I think I had an orgasm.” She described it, and I said, “Yeah, I think you did!” So now she knows. Before she thought if she got really excited and

widow, which was part waist cincher, and then it pushed the boobs up. I had a merry widow, I had a waister cincher, and I had panty girdles, and I wore ’em. From about age twelve, as soon as you had boobs, as soon as you went into a brassiere, you’d be wearing all this. It was designed to make you look slimmer and trimmer. To hold in your stomach. It was thought that if you had any flesh jiggling, this was just not ladylike. You didn’t want your boobs bouncing, and you didn’t want your hips one

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