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Something About Mary
August 16, 2012 5:46 AM   Subscribe

"The convent would have been seen as a way for women to gain status. Nuns had a particular mystique and attraction about them. There was one in particular, and I would in hindsight say I definitely had a crush on her." Former nun Mary Skelley on coming out. [Vimeo]
posted by DarlingBri (6 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Absolutely ridiculous (and tabloid).
posted by Kruger5 at 8:19 AM on August 16, 2012


Nuns had a particular mystique and attraction about them.

Ken Russell noticed.
posted by Gelatin at 9:34 AM on August 16, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like her, seems like she would be a nice friend and neighbor to have. Why shouldn't she be happy with her life just the person she was born to be? There isn't a single good reason why not. Thanks for this DarlingBri.
posted by Daddy-O at 11:20 AM on August 16, 2012


Absolutely ridiculous (and tabloid).

I have no idea what you're talking about.
posted by DarlingBri at 6:59 PM on August 16, 2012


Absolutely ridiculous (and tabloid).

I have no idea what you're talking about.

Same here! What an absurd comment to dump at the top of this thread.

On the actual subject of the video, I thought it was great. It's refreshing to have a coming-out story that doesn't focus so heavily on the person being shamed and persecuted. And the thing about just becoming aware of her sexuality when someone else pointed out the unusual closeness of certain friendships resonates with me.

Nuns are pretty badass. I love that she embraced more limited opportunities for independence for women and continued to value that part of her life even after she realized it wouldn't work for her.
posted by lookoutbelow at 8:42 PM on August 16, 2012


Lovely post, DarlingBri. In the video, she seems to be a happy and eminently sensible woman and, as Daddy-O said, probably a nice friend and neighbor. In fact she reminds me of my wonderful neighbor. I like that she seems so balanced and happy, as if she has not been subjected to the abuse, shame and fear that many such stories include. I like that she was able to simply accept herself with every change in her life and to care for her own pure heart more than the opinions of others.
posted by Anitanola at 9:34 PM on August 16, 2012


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