Your site on petticoat punishment is very interesting, and encouraging for those of us interested in the advantages of this old practice. I am 70 years old now, and I was brought up in Germany in the 30s and 40s, and I am still living there. Petticoat punishment I never saw or heard of, or experienced myself - except for the last two years here and there on the internet. It aims at offending or humiliating the boy in similar way and extent he had offended and humiliated girls before. So far it is a good method, but I have some doubts.
In some of the cases described the punishment seems to be too hard:
once a certain limit is overstepped the effect may be to turn the boy against
girls. I think the best effect would be that he really starts to appreciate
and love women and girls, in addition to accepting their power and strength
This means that in the girls' school the boys who are to undergo petticoat training as part of their education get initially informed about girlishness and are supplied with the necessary clothes. They will discover that girls' clothes - skirts and dresses - make the wearer feel more vulnerable and much less aggressively boyish. Such things are also described in the letters and stories you have already published.
The boy who suddenly has to put on girls' panties and one or two
slips and skirts that are not longer than to the knees and which get lifted
up by any gust of wind, will of course be scared, whether he fears to be
taken as a girl or whether he is afraid that somebody will see his undies
- frilly or not. He will understand the clothes-consciousness and care
of the girls. As Dan writes in one of the letters that you have published,
"I couldn't figure out how girls wore the stuff they did, and it didn't
Also it was thought that nobody should have a look under the skirt and see the child's undies, so the boy had to learn to sit properly, be careful while cycling, or climbing trees or rocks. So what the boy had to do was to be as careful as a girl with respect to these things, a girl who has to pull her skirt down or wrap it around her knees. Furthermore, on Sundays girls wore stockings that were made of silk or nylon and very delicate and sensitive - which means in that case no tree climbing or other boyish games for the benefit of the stockings. Sometimes naughty boys who had torn their Sunday clothes would have to wear their sister's silk stockings to church, and it was always interesting to see their red faces and the smiles of their sisters.
And, girls like to take much time to make themselves up, to wear beautiful
undies, although nobody is expected to see them. This is not understandable
for a boy, and he has to learn about this and appreciate and even copy
it for himself - at least during his time as a girl.
He would discuss this with the girls and hear news he had never expected.
He would experience the greater strength of girls, and their greater softness
and kindness. He would learn that girls are interested in learning other
subjects than he, and perhaps have better intellects. On the other hand
he would learn to do housekeeping and tailoring, some fine arts etc.
I think I did reproduce an advertisement for children's stockings and garters for both boys and girls in a previous issue - it's hard to find things on the site these days; there is so much there. The kind of education that you propose would be excellent for many boys who are not sufficiently respectful towards girls. Petticoat discipline should be done with love and care though, and then the 'victim' will benefit from it, and end up loving women and girls all the more.
I was very interested to read about the silk
stocking punishment in Germany for boys who were not sufficiently careful
of their 'Sunday best'. These are the sorts of memories that are especially
valuable in the pages of PDQ.