Friday, February 16, 2007


With only 25 days until the release of Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, my brain is going inside-out, upside-down. So what better time to look at a growing high school trend, the backwards Prom, or the Morp?

The Morp is generally an alternative celebration in boycott of
the school's official Prom and its rules. Sometimes it's put on by
students who disagree with the values of the in-crowd.

Morps tend to have no dress code--in fact, the crazier the
better, and often it's girls in tuxes and guys in dresses. They
don't have any prescribed format, and often play music that
wouldn’t be allowed at a traditional prom. A fun addition is a
runway for guys and girls to model their unusual outfits. The mood is usually very upbeat, for often it's about solidarity and finding common ground among people who generally feel left out.

But backwards or forwards, traditional or alternative, Morps have
one thing in common with Proms, and that’s having fun.

And as I try to wait patiently through these next 3-1/2 weeks,
having fun and enjoying the ride will be what I'm all about, too...

Anit (you know, backwards for Tina)

5 fresh comments:

Kelly Parra said...

Wow, Tina, this is really cool! haha! I hadn't heard about morps, but what a storyline this would make. Great! =D

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Kel! Maybe this calls for a sequel: TOP TEN USES FOR AN UNWORN MORP DRESS. But wait, the guys wear the dresses at a morp, so maybe ...UNWORN TUX? LOL.


Susan Hatler said...

I've never heard of a Morp, Anit! I mean, Tina ;-) I don't think I could've skipped the prom for a morp though. I loved buying prom dresses (probably my favorite part!) and I even had a boyfriend who was a year older than me so I got to go to two a year. Lots of dresses (not to mention dyed heels)!

stephhale said...

I'm with Kelly, that would make a great storyline. I'm also with Susan, I'm too much of a girly girl to have ever skipped prom. I adored buying dresses and getting fancy! :)


TinaFerraro said...

Hey, Susan, let's say you went to the proms for me, then, as well. :) My HS group didn't "do" the school events. I tell my kids that they have to do all the traditional fun stuff, otherwise they'll end up like me, years later, writing books about what they missed. Okay--actually that's not such a bad thing, either. :)

Steph, I'm a girly-girl, too, which I'm sure would have come out back then, had opportunity knocked. But no surprise two girly-girls are writing about proms and Homecoming queens, huh?

Thank you both for commenting!