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Abigail Grotke
Silver Spring, MD
email: missabigail at missabigail dot com
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Miss Abigail has a collection of over 1,000 classic advice books, spanning from 1822 to 1978 and covering a variety of topics, from love and romance to etiquette and charm. The collection sparked the idea for this site, then a book, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage, which has inspired an Off-Broadway production of the same name!


Archive for August, 2008

These are questions I’d like to understand

Monday, August 18th, 2008

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“Many boys and girls have real difficulty in understanding one another’s actions and attitudes when it comes to the subject of sex. Below are some comments that illustrate this point:

Alvin ~ Why do girls where such scanty clothing? They wear only halters, or they go swimming with practically nothing on. Then they are sore – or pretend to be – when boys make passes at them.

Bertha ~ Why do boys so often want to tell girls a sex joke? Is it because their minds are on the subject all the time, or is it that they are trying to see how far the girl will go?

Charlene ~ What does a boy get out of petting? I can’t see anything in it.

Jerry ~ How far to go is a real problem. Does a girl want you to kiss on the first date? How far beyond that should one go? Should the boy respond right away if the girl leads him on? These are questions I’d like to understand. “

Don’t worry Jerry, these answers and more are available in one of the latest books to hit Miss Abigail’s bookshelf, called Understanding the Other Sex. It was written in 1956 by William C. Menninger, M.D. and I found it at the Book Thing in Baltimore. My latest trip earlier this month scored me a few other good books for the collection, found here.