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Thinktank
04-25-2006, 10:34 PM
Just wondering if Country's oldest blonde has any children?

Airman Doors, USAF
04-25-2006, 10:37 PM
If so, I'll bet they didn't starve to death. Those moo missiles can feed a whole Army division.

astro
04-25-2006, 10:45 PM
If so, I'll bet they didn't starve to death. Those moo missiles can feed a whole Army division.

The only thing that could be fed by what's inside those particular "moon missles" is a bathroom caulking gun.

Paul in Qatar
04-25-2006, 10:45 PM
Oddly, I do not know. Dolly has been married to Carl Dean for forty years now. The real question is if she is a grandmother.

Dolly has always kept her private life private. I find that nice. Or perhaps she has crazed stalker fans. I find that creepy.

Perhaps you could ask over at http://www.dollymania.net/ or some other unofficial web site.

(Then let me know.)

Duckster
04-25-2006, 10:48 PM
Probably didn't get much sun growing up either, living in the shadows of their mother.

Paul in Qatar
04-25-2006, 10:51 PM
Well, in a word, no.

While DP had implants in about 2002, here breasts were a well-know trademark well before then. She claims to have lost weight, and 'in all the wrong places' and my Honey used to say. She had implants fairly recently, at about age 55, to restore what she once had.

(After all her career started in about 1959 and her appearance has been as constant as you might expect over that time. When the heck were breast implants invented anyway? So during her mothering years she was not enhanced.)

Scarlett67
04-25-2006, 11:19 PM
According to IMDB:
She and her husband Carl Dean raised five of her younger brothers and sisters.

She was unable to have children of her own because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger.

So there you go.

Rick
04-26-2006, 12:18 AM
If so, I'll bet they didn't starve to death. Those moo missiles can feed a whole Army division.
Her kids were the ones with the streach marks around their mouth.

BwanaBob
04-26-2006, 08:32 AM
"She was unable to have children of her own because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger"

Could a doctor kindly weigh in on this statement. Has there ever been such a thing as allergen caused sterility?

Shagnasty
04-26-2006, 08:41 AM
"She was unable to have children of her own because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger"

Could a doctor kindly weigh in on this statement. Has there ever been such a thing as allergen caused sterility?

That does sound like quite the odd statement. Birth control pills are just hormone supplements that supplements what a woman already has to interrupt the cycle. I have never heard of a risk of someone being allergic to them.

WhyNot
04-26-2006, 09:47 AM
Her kids were the ones with the streach marks around their mouth.
I don't want to go all "waaaa! I'm insulted by your insensitive remark" ('cause I know it was a joke, and it was funny)....but since we're here to fight ignorance and all...

Breast size has no correlation with milk production.

In fact, I'm not even as big as Dolly, but I am big enough that I couldn't breastfeed either of my babies - my nipples are too big for them to get a good latch on. They're not monster nipples or anything, but they are porportional to very large (natural) breasts. Even repeated attempts with a certified lactation consultant couldn't get it working. (Well, not entirely true. We thought we had my daughter nursing for a month, but she lost 2 ounces - because the nipple was filling so much of her mouth, she was actually pinching off the milk supply, not drinking it.)

It was tres annoying to have these huge honkers and hear people say things like "Bet that kid's never going hungry!" and then come home and pump milk with a machine and give it to her in a bottle - and have an abnormally low milk supply to boot.

[/hijack]

As for the birth control question, people can have odd reactions to anything. The second you say a reaction is "impossible", your next patient will walk in the door with it. Now, it probably wasn't an "allergy", strictly speaking (since those are respiratory events.) But we must remember that Ms. Parton is nothing if not a lady, and probably wanted to phrase her "female condition" in the most delicate way possible. It's entirely possible she suffered cancer, blood clots or endometrial problems which damaged her ovaries or uterus. These are listed as (rare) side effects of the pill.

Paul in Qatar
04-26-2006, 10:31 AM
I'm going to have cards printed up claiming to be a Certified Lactation Specialist. I had no idea there were such people. What kind of test you have to take for that?

UncleRojelio
04-26-2006, 10:39 AM
I'm going to have cards printed up claiming to be a Certified Lactation Specialist. I had no idea there were such people. What kind of test you have to take for that?
No test, just lots and lots of practice.

WhyNot
04-26-2006, 11:14 AM
Sorry, it ain't about looking at boobies, guys. They take their education seriously. They work in hospitals and with doctors.

From [URL=http://www.iblce.org/become.htm]The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners[URL]

The credential “International Board Certified Lactation Consultant” (IBCLC) identifies an experienced member of the health care team who
● has acquired specialist skills
● made an in-depth study of breastfeeding and lactation
● and passed a rigorous certification examination

IBCLCs adhere to a Code of Ethics and work within professional Standards of Practice. They are required to keep their knowledge and skills current, and must recertify every 5 years through continuing education or re-examination. Lactation consultants with IBCLC have the one credential that is recognised by all national and international lactation consultant professional associations.

What qualification or background in health disciplines must I have?

You must either provide evidence that you have a license, degree or registration to practice clinically in one of the health professions or you must document completion of “background” education in each of the following:

· anatomy and physiology

· sociology

· Psychology, counseling or communication skills

· child development

· nutrition

· medical terminology

“Background” is defined as a minimum of four hours of education in each of the six disciplines above, and is further defined as basic or introductory in content and not as applied to lactation. It should be taught by someone who is qualified to teach that subject at the lowest post-secondary level.

<snip>

What continuing education in lactation must I undertake?

You must have completed and documented a minimum of 45 hours of continuing education in lactation reflecting the exam blueprint, within the three years immediately prior to taking the exam. Private study – many hours over a one to three year period – is also a major component of exam preparation for all candidates, but private study is not counted in the 45 hours and no documentation is required. Further information about this requirement is in the Candidate Information Guide.

Beginning 2007, if you will be taking the exam in a language other than English (eg French, Portuguese or Spanish), you must have completed a minimum of 60 hours of continuing education in lactation. (This is because most textbooks and journals are in English; candidates who are not able to study these materials have been shown to need significantly more pre-exam education hours to achieve a similar standard of exam performance.)

How much experience providing breastfeeding counseling must I have?

The amount of post-secondary education you have completed, in any field, determines how many hours of experience providing breastfeeding counseling (BC hours) you are required to have completed before you are eligible to be a candidate for the IBLCE exam. Over many years, IBLCE has collected data that shows that candidates with more education, and in some cases candidates with specific backgrounds, require less experience (fewer BC hours) to pass the exam and be ready to practice competently as an IBCLC. This information has enabled IBLCE to group applicants with certain backgrounds together in pathways, and determine how much prior experience (BC hours) is required for each pathway. Your pathway is just one component of exam eligibility, and relates only to BC hours.

Standard Pathways

You should determine which of the five standard path-ways A, B, C, D or E is applicable to you. You must also read the information about BC hours and about how to calculate your BC hours in the Candidate Information Guide.

Pathway A* – 2500 BC hours required.
This pathway is available only if you have successfully completed at least 4 full years (120 semester hours) of post-secondary education,
OR you have a bachelor or higher degree (in any field).

Pathway B* – 4000 BC hours required.
This pathway is available if you have successfully completed at least 2 full years (60 semester hours) of post-secondary academic credit
OR you have an associate degree
OR you are a diploma RN.

Pathway C – 900 precepted clinical hours in human lactation required
(ie directly supervised by a recertified IBCLC). This pathway is available only if you have a bachelor or higher degree with a concentration in human lactation from an accredited institution.

Pathway D – 900 BC hours required.
This pathway is available only if you are a medical practitioner (MD, DO or equivalent degree from an accredited school of medicine or osteopathy).

Pathway E* – 6000 BC hours required.
This pathway is available if you have completed less than two full years of post-secondary academic credit.

WhyNot
04-26-2006, 11:15 AM
Oops, I didn't realize there's boobies on that website. Working breasts, to be sure, but maybe NSFW. I'll alert a mod and have that link broken.

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
04-26-2006, 11:15 AM
"She was unable to have children of her own because of an allergic reaction she experienced to birth control pills when she was younger"

Could a doctor kindly weigh in on this statement. Has there ever been such a thing as allergen caused sterility?

I'm not a doctor, but I am an IMDB contributor. That's a trivia item in her IMDB bio. Anyone with an IMDB account can update just about anything on an person or movie. The editors don't have the ability to research every single item. Some fan probably read or heard that somewhere and posted it. There are lots of bad trivia factoids in IMDB.

Rick
04-26-2006, 01:54 PM
Her kids were the ones with the streach marks around their mouth.I don't want to go all "waaaa! I'm insulted by your insensitive remark" ('cause I know it was a joke, and it was funny)....but since we're here to fight ignorance and all...

Breast size has no correlation with milk production.

In fact, I'm not even as big as Dolly, but I am big enough that I couldn't breastfeed either of my babies - my nipples are too big for them to get a good latch on.
Ah WhyNot that was my point exactly. With a set of hoots like Dolly's her kids would wind up with streach marks around their mouths tryings to get latched on. Nothing in that joke was about milk production, for that you have to see If so, I'll bet they didn't starve to death. Those moo missiles can feed a whole Army division.
I would just like to add that I read that quote almost 12 hours ago, and I am still giggling like a little kid over the term "Moo Missiles"

Airman Doors, USAF
04-26-2006, 02:43 PM
Ah WhyNot I would just like to add that I read that quote almost 12 hours ago, and I am still giggling like a little kid over the term "Moo Missiles"

I was thinking about pulling out the ol' "dairy cannons" bit, or the good ol' "cachungers" line, but no, I went with the new material. I'm glad you were amused.

Joey P
04-26-2006, 02:55 PM
I remember when she was on Conan a few years ago and he made a joke about her joining the army to which she replied "I tried to, but they told me I had flat feet...I'll just have to believe the doctors cuz I can't see them"

newcrasher
04-26-2006, 08:09 PM
I am big enough that I couldn't breastfeed either of my babies - my nipples are too big for them to get a good latch on.


Obligatory.....

pic?



me-------> :wally

DooWahDiddy
04-26-2006, 10:33 PM
I was thinking about pulling out the ol' "dairy cannons" bit, or the good ol' "cachungers" line, but no, I went with the new material. I'm glad you were amused.

I'm still laughing too, and it's doubly funny that astro accidentally typed "moon missles" when he was quoting you, which kind of takes it to a whole new level...

Mister Rik
04-26-2006, 11:24 PM
While DP had implants in about 2002, here breasts were a well-know trademark well before then. She claims to have lost weight, and 'in all the wrong places' and my Honey used to say. She had implants fairly recently, at about age 55, to restore what she once had.
I wish I could remember where I read it, but there was an interview with Dolly a few years ago in which she revealed that she had had cosmetic surgery to "uplift" her breasts. The interviewer asked something like, "Aren't you embarrassed to admit that?" and Dolly replied, "Honey, I'd be more embarrassed if I was steppin' on 'em."

Bryan Ekers
04-27-2006, 04:10 AM
Coincidentally, I just saw an advertisement and confirmed on their website that A&E will feature Dolly Parton on the Friday, April 28 broadcast of Biography (8 p.m. Eastern). This should certainly reveal if she has children or couldn't for some medical reason.

Green Bean
04-27-2006, 06:54 AM
As far as I understand it, Dolly has none of her own children, but has filled a maternal role for many. I think they call her "Auntie Gran" or something.

And my lactation consultant was a maternity R.N. who therefore already had a lot of experience in the area. Later in her career, she decided retire from "active duty" nursing and become a certified lactation consultant while still maintaining all her R.N. credentials. She said that was a common route that people took to becoming lactation consultants. And she was fabulous!

slortar
04-27-2006, 07:06 AM
I wish I could remember where I read it, but there was an interview with Dolly a few years ago in which she revealed that she had had cosmetic surgery to "uplift" her breasts. The interviewer asked something like, "Aren't you embarrassed to admit that?" and Dolly replied, "Honey, I'd be more embarrassed if I was steppin' on 'em."

She does have a pretty amusing attitude about the whole thing. I remember seeing a show once where she said something along the lines of "People, it takes a lot of money to look this trashy." :D

Kalhoun
04-27-2006, 07:16 AM
She had some horrible female problems (unspecified as far as I remember). My guess is that contributed to her childlessness.

I love her. She's about as sweet as they come!

Ca3799
04-27-2006, 09:36 AM
I recall that quote as being something like "It's very expensive to look this cheap."

She has made many fun and interesting quotes. I recall another that went something along the lines of "If it can be nipped, tucked, sucked (liposuction), or tucked, I'm having it done!"

Elendil's Heir
04-27-2006, 02:32 PM
I also recall her once saying she couldn't fit into a particular shirt, because it would "be like putting ten pounds of beans in a five-pound bag."

Guinastasia
04-27-2006, 02:42 PM
She had some horrible female problems (unspecified as far as I remember). My guess is that contributed to her childlessness.

I love her. She's about as sweet as they come!


Me too! I think she totally rocks. She's so unpretentious and just so warm-hearted. I believe she has it set up so that anyone who graduates from the high school she attended gets a scholarship or something like that.

Mal Adroit
04-27-2006, 02:55 PM
WhyNot-- you do realize there isn't a single one of us who's finished envisioning your nipples?

I blame our porous borders.

WhyNot
04-27-2006, 03:06 PM
WhyNot-- you do realize there isn't a single one of us who's finished envisioning your nipples?

I blame our porous borders.
:D
That makes my day, actually.

Skammer
04-27-2006, 03:35 PM
Me too! I think she totally rocks. She's so unpretentious and just so warm-hearted. I believe she has it set up so that anyone who graduates from the high school she attended gets a scholarship or something like that.

I don't know about that, but here in Tennessee she started and is now spokesperson for the state's "Books from birth" program. Children registered in the program receive one free age-appropriate book per month until their fifth birthday. I think she originally started it for her home county, but it is now state-supported and available in most counties in TN.

Dolly rocks.

Push You Down
04-27-2006, 03:43 PM
I used to know a lot of lesbians from the Tennesse area (this was in college) and they all swore that it was an open secret that Dolly was gay. I think since that time it's more out there that although she isn't a lesbian, shes always been supportive of the gay community from her friendship with Lily Tomlin.

burundi
04-27-2006, 05:23 PM
Push You Down, I've also heard that about Dolly, though I don't know what the rumors are based on.

C3
04-27-2006, 07:01 PM
She also has this program in every county in the U.S. in which she has a theater. When we lived in Horry County, South Carolina (Myrtle Beach area), my son received the books. They're not crappy, cheap things, either. They were good quality board books geared toward the age of the child. I can't tell you how impressed I was with her generosity.

C3
04-27-2006, 07:03 PM
I don't know about that, but here in Tennessee she started and is now spokesperson for the state's "Books from birth" program. Children registered in the program receive one free age-appropriate book per month until their fifth birthday. I think she originally started it for her home county, but it is now state-supported and available in most counties in TN.

Dolly rocks.
Sorry, I meant to quote Skammer in my above post. I always forget to check that little box.

Guinastasia
04-27-2006, 07:10 PM
I think the lesbian rumors are due to the fact that her husband is rarely, if ever seen. Other than that, I think if she were gay, Dolly'd be the first one to reveal it.

Zeldar
04-28-2006, 08:57 AM
I think the lesbian rumors are due to the fact that her husband is rarely, if ever seen. Other than that, I think if she were gay, Dolly'd be the first one to reveal it.

I tend to agree with this point of view. We ate lunch at a little joint near Franklin, TN, which is in the same county (Williamson) where Dolly has one of her homes. The waitress looked a great deal like Dolly but had brown hair and wore it down and not overly coiffed. I commented to her about her resemblance and she explained that Dolly ate there on occasion but that you wouldn't recognize her on the street. The wigs and makeup are basically for her shows and she doesn't appear in public that way. The waitress said Dolly is barely recognizable (except for the obvious attributes) when she's in public and not performing.

CalMeacham
04-28-2006, 09:11 AM
Oops, I didn't realize there's boobies on that website. Working breasts, to be sure, but maybe NSFW. I'll alert a mod and have that link broken.



This makes me think of seeing-eye dogs and other such guide beasts.

"Don't play with that, son. That's a working breast. "

Monty
04-28-2006, 09:23 AM
From the Reader's Digest:

Dolly Parton Lets Her Hair Down (http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=19288)

(Page two of the interview linked above, 6th question down)

RD: The two of you never had children. Do you have any regrets?
Parton: No. I don't miss it now. We didn't do anything for years to not have kids, and so it wasn't meant to be. I always say that I think God didn't let me have kids so all kids could be mine. When Carl and I married, we took in five of my younger brothers and sisters and pretty much raised them. When they started having kids, they said, "What are the kids going to call you, because we feel you're like grandparents?" I said they could call me Aunt Grannie, and Carl Uncle Peepaw. If I'd had children of my own, we'd have been more selfish, I'm sure, putting money away for them. This way we can share it more.

Nothing about an allegic reaction and the only thing about birth control is an admission that they "didn't do anything for yars to not have kids [...]."

Monty
04-28-2006, 09:28 AM
She does have a pretty amusing attitude about the whole thing. I remember seeing a show once where she said something along the lines of "People, it takes a lot of money to look this trashy." :D

From the same Reader's Digest interview, check out the 2nd page; 10th, 11th, and 12th questions down.

Moirai
04-28-2006, 12:23 PM
Another favorite quote- asked if it bothered her or was insulting when people made "dumb blond" jokes, she laughed and said "Not at all, because I know I'm not dumb... and I'm not a blond!"

:D

Dolly's campaign for literacy is really something special.

Gay men have always flocked to her, maybe because she looks like such an over-the-top drag queen! She has mentioned that numerous times as well.