Ever since I was a girl I have liked seeing boys dressed in girls' clothes, and I enjoy the letters you have in ']anus' about petticoating boys for punishment, and to make them demure and submissive. I am sure petticoating would prepare boys very well to be good husbands for the modern type of girl.
The letter from Mrs. S.M. headed 'Girlish Boy in Frills' describes the right way to keep boys in their place. Frocks and kilts are ideal for naughty boys, and when I was young - quite a while ago - they were used as a punishment. My next-door neighbour's son Paul was dressed in girls' things to keep him well-behaved when I was a schoolgirl. His mother brought him up alone and was very strict: she put him in skirts when she considered he needed correction, and he was as polite and well-behaved as could be. My mother and I used to go round there for a cup of tea and a chat sometimes, and young Paul, who was about twelve, a bit younger than me, was often wearing girls' clothes during our visits.
One costume I liked to see him in was a short velvet frock with a lacy collar and a white pinafore, and he really looked very sweet in it. He wore corsets too, his mother told us it helped to keep him from getting too boisterous and rowdy and stopped him slouching, as boys tend to do. He had a very nice figure, and looked very slim and girlish in his petticoat costume, and he did wear a petticoat under his dress too, as I could see when he moved about or sat down.
Being brought up in this way in frocks and girls' things, Paul was as quiet and docile as any girl, and I loved to see him dressed up and behaving so nicely. His mother kept him strictly under control and a word from her was enough to nip any naughtiness in the bud, although I did see him in tears once or twice after she had given him a good spanking. We lost touch with them when I was about fourteen as we moved to another town, but I did hear years afterwards that he was married to a lady with her own business and she was very much the dominant partner there and at home, which I am sure he was ideally suited to from his petticoat training in boyhood.
Another letter a few months ago mentioned that a boy dressed in his sister's clothes was put into curlers before being petticoated, as part of his punishment, and this reminded me of the time when I was a young assistant working in a hairdresser's. One of our customers, a pleasant, well-spoken lady, sometimes brought her young son James with her, and he was dressed in a silky blouse and short velvet trousers, or sometimes a pleated kilt, with knee-length white stockings and ankle-strap shoes.
He was always polite, and obviously well brought up and obedient. His hair was fair and almost shoulder-length, which was most unusual for those days, and one day his mother brought him in to have it permed into ringlets. It took quite a time, but James sat very patiently while his hair was done, and when they left the shop he looked delightfully girlish with his pretty curls. I often saw him afterwards when he came to the shop with his mother, and he was always very nicely behaved as well as being charmingly dressed. Keeping him in curls and girlish dress obviously had an excellent effect, and he was as nice a boy as anyone could wish to meet.
I am convinced that petticoat
discipline has great value when it comes to controlling and taming the
young male, and the boy who is regularly petticoated will grow up nicely
docile and as amenable as any girl would wish. As the letters on this subject
show, dressing a boy in girlish things is the ideal way of keeping him
obedient and demure, and petticoats, corsets, frills and curls would make
some of today's badly brought up and ill-mannered boys sing a much more
pleasing tune. I wonder if other 'Janus' readers share my views.
Here is another excellent
letter from 'Janus' attesting to the value of petticoats, corsets, frills
and curls in disciplining young boys - and, I am very glad to see, James
had his hair permed into ringlets. There would be no other style which
would make him feel quite to sissy, or which would be quite so effective
in keeping him under control. It is a pity that Jane (see Letter 1) did
not choose ringlets for her hubby's perm during the punishment session
that she describes.