Monday, August 9, 2021

The Name Game

Bette Davis as “Stanley”
My sister mentioned to me that in the 1942 film In This Our Life, Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland play sisters named Stanley and Roy, respectively. According to IMDB, “The film never hints that there is anything unusual about their names, nor does it offer any explanation.”

IMDB also mentioned, “In David Maraniss’ 2012 biography of President Barack Obama, titled Barack Obama: The Story, he reports that Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro, was named ‘Stanley’ not after her own father, Stanley Dunham, but after the Bette Davis character in this film. Maraniss says that Obama’s maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, saw the movie while pregnant with Obama’s mother, and she thought the name sounded sophisticated for a girl.”

I like that!

In 2012, Bradford High School produced a better than average womanless beauty pageant. Mostly civilian boys in evening gowns, one contestant, Number 8 (photo above), was outstanding and in my opinion, not a civilian. As soon as I saw how he walked across the stage, my trans-radar alarm sounded. He exuded femininity and should have won the pageant hands-down. See Number 8 for yourself by clicking here to view the pageant on YouTube (his appearance begins at the 4:50 mark).

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  1. Stanley! Love it

    As for the contestant number 8, She reminded me SO MUCH of myself at that age there was something about her looks.

    And it not just the fact that She liked wearing dresses lol

    Oh and your are correct file under NOT a civilian!

  2. #8 had poise, she could walk in heels and dressed like her mom

    We never had this in my high school so I am not sure if I would have participated as I was in AV club

    Is this a USA thing?

    1. Yes, it's a USA thing especially in the southern USA.

  3. "Better than average" describes this womanless beauty contest. Overall the kids are dressed very nicely and there are fewer than the usual doofuses. Several of the kids are clearly nervous. "Miss Number 8" is clearly not a civilian. She moves very comfortably in heels and looks every bit the girl in her presentation. She gets my vote.

    I watch a lot of these contests and think this one is one of the best, as Stana does. I want to give "attagirls" to a couple others. I think #2, #9 and #12 look very nice and would be easy winners in nearly all the other contests I've seen. I think these three cuties could easily graduate to non-civilian status with a little practice.

  4. Great video! And yeah, I think that also number 2, 4, 9 and 12 are definitely not civilians. ;)

  5. Sometimes our womanless beauty contests have "returning champions". I'd lone to have you check out this proud mom with her daughter-in-training, but I don't know how to attach a photo to a message like this. If It were an EMail I'd be good. Maybe I'll attach it to an EMail to Stana and she might indulge me.

    I had a friend in high school (a zillion years ago) whose mother had him dress for as long as I knew him. Last time I had a sighting (circa 1966) "she" was a very sought-after hairstylist in DC.

    1. Attach it to an email to me at stana-stana @ (with no spaces before and after @)

  6. OK, I even had a hard time digging out the photo I wanted to share with you from my saved files. But not to worry. Our Chief Femulator dug into her vast library and found the individual photos, plus a third when the beauty contest winner was in high school. here's the link Stana sent me: