Sunday, November 18, 2007

Ladette to Lady

I wonder how many of you have seen the 'Ladette to Lady' TV show. I enjoyed the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The show is basically about taking a group of the raunchiest, loudest, least lady-like women you can possibly think of, and shipping them off to a fine ladies' finishing school, Egglestone Hall.

For those of you who aren't sure what a ladette is, it's defined as 'a foul-mouthed, uncultured and unpleasant woman, who likes to drink and smoke and is often sexually promiscuous.'

During their five-weeks course in the finishing school, the ladettes are taught proper manners, speech, way of dress and several womanly arts, such as needlework, flower arranging, cookery (including how to set a table in a beautiful way and select fine wine to go with dinner). Every week, someone was expelled and in the end, only three ladettes (oops! I mean ladies) stayed, and one winner was ultimately elected.

Watching the show was fun, and left me thinking about how many women today could benefit from such a finishing school, even if it is in the area of manners and speech alone. I know too many to count – and I'm not perfect myself, of course, especially in the department of cooking and fine, womanly arts!

You can watch some videos from the show on Sundance Channel

18 comments:

Coffee Catholic said...

Personally I'd give my left leg to go to a finishing school! I feel like a bull in a china shop most of the time!

USAincognito said...

I do not watch much television anymore as there are too many "reality" shows on. I have never heard of this show but it would not surprise me that they have a show like this on television. *shaking my head*

Anonymous said...

I have also seen that series (I was just looking at the clips before I came here!). It's not like those other "finishing schools" that I see on television (though I've only seen the second season). I would love to go to finishing school or a homemaking college but sadly, most finishing schools closed during the feminist movement (correct me if I'm wrong) long before my time.

Maggie said...

Anna,
I don't think you give yourself enough credit...from the pictures you take of your cooking, you must be a fabulous cook. Many of us have commented that we would never have thought of using cottage cheese in a cake.

Mimi said...

I guess we could all benefit a little from a finishing school...sometimes we tend to forget our manners when it comes to talking to people (such as interrupting when someone else is talking...just plain not listening when someone is talking...and a few other etc's)

say...Anna... did you get your tool bar fixed?
I wish I could have helped you but you know what I do when I am trying to help someone with their blog...(I delete my own!! ha ha :0)

Anna S said...

Mimi, no, I didn't get my toolbar fixed so far, but I did find a way to put the links manually, and I'll try to upload photos from photobucket. Hey, at least posting and comments still work. :)

Anonymous said...

My daughters & I watched the online clips one time. They were touched at the girls' efforts to polish themselves, & were particularly sympathetic during the elocution lessons, where one of the girls (Vicky, I think) confessed to feeling nervous. When the instructor asked why, she said, "Because we all sound like robots". Adopting a completely different cadence & tone in one's speech has got to be one the most difficult things a person could try to do....& like it or not, we are assessed in so many ways by the words that come out of our mouths!!

We don't have Sundance Channel. I would enjoy seeing this series in its entirety.

Brenda

P.S. Did you solve your toolbar problem?

Anonymous said...

Hi again! Good to see you over at The Walled Garden! I'm sure you'll have much good input to share. Do wish, however, that we had the opportunity to comment. I'm not (obviously) a Team Member; but even before Michelle shut down comments I was not, as an "Anonymous" allowed to leave a message anymore. )o:

I wish you well, Anna, in this new venue for your writing....& please greet Michelle for me!

Brenda

Anna S said...

Hi Brenda - if you ever feel it's very important to you to express your opinion about something on The Walled Garden, you can send your comment to me (through email or here, marked as "private"), and I'll post it under my account. I'm sorry Michelle had to close comments, but I'm afraid there was no choice. I have contemplated closing anonymous comments, but receiving comments from people like you won't let me do this! :)

neuropoet3 said...

I would love to have the opportunity to attend a "finishing school" or a home making college of some sort. I never even had the option to take home ec! Sometimes I feel like I don't have a clue what I'm doing... I wonder who came up with the idea for this show...

On a side note, we're finally moving into our new place, and I'm so excited to decorate it for the holidays! This is an area I would love to learn more about, but it's hard without a "teacher" of some kind...

Anonymous said...

I've heard of a Christian college down south (S. Carolina maybe) that was offering degrees in homemaking. And I thought that was great. But then looking at my own situation, I would really need a different type of schooling. Something that would help me to be a better helpmeet to my husband wouldn't include setting dinner tables (we don't have one anyway - our house is VERY small and there isn't room). I really need somewhere that will teach me how to tend farm animals, drive a stick-shift while pulling a trailor, and maybe carpentry/plumbing/wiring skills would be helpful:) Being a lady is great, but not always what our husbands want/need:)

Shannon

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the recommendation...it sounds fascinating, and I'm always looking for new things to watch that show different aspects of human nature. Thanks for the tip - I plan on checking it out!

Mimi said...

Anna,
I also was unable to comment on your posting on Michelle's blog... however I would like you to know I do enjoy it and I will keep reading it...

Apples of Gold said...

Interesting Post!

Terry said...

It's too bad young men and women aren't getting this stuff at home anymore.

The Chatty Housewife- said...

I'd LOVE to go to a finishing school!

MarkyMark said...

Anna,

We've had discussions about this show. I'm in America, so I haven't seen it; I'm only familiar with the premise: a reality show about laddettes going to finishing school, and being taught to act like a lady.

The general consensus amongst men is that this is akin to putting lipstick on a pig. Sure, she may not ACT like a skank, but she's still a skank at heart. We men feel that these women are seeking attention, and that the show is a vehicle for them to get this attention in an effort to bolster their fragile egos...

MarkyMark

Heather said...

By now I'm sure you know the show has made its way to an Americanized version. The reactions that some of the ladies have to basic etiquette principles is funny yet saddening. We have deteriorated so much in just 2 short generations. My grandmother, now in her 70's, remembers learning these things from her mother and at school. She grew up in rural Appalachia, attending a 3-room school, so it's not like only the upper class learned these things. I'm grateful (now) that my parents sent me to etiquette classes in junior high. Everyone can always benefit from good manners. Perhaps there wouldn't be so many Ladettes and their male counterparts if children were taught manners and self-respect nowadays.