1950s dating customs

And it wasn’t just dessert which could cause a problem, the magazine steered women away from fish because it could be ‘difficult to manage’ and when the meal was over, they were reminded it was ‘bad taste’ to leave lipstick marks on a cup.

The guide also adds: 'It is bad manners to put your elbows on the table.

Conformity was common, as young and old alike followed group norms rather than striking out on their own.

Though men and women had been forced into new employment patterns during World War II, once the war was over, traditional roles were reaffirmed.

Beth Bailey and Ken Myers explain in the Mars Hill Audio Report, , demonstrated through the number and variety of dates a young adult could command, sometimes even on the same night.

In the late 1940s, Margaret Mead, in describing this pre-war dating system, argued that dating was not about sex or marriage.

The courtship experience and ideals of those who grew up before World War II were profoundly different from those of teenagers in the postwar years, and the differences created much intergenerational conflict.

about the 1950s—midcentury furniture design and the period’s full-skirted, ladylike fashions, for example. The comically cringe-worthy dating culture and the way women were instructed to behave in order to attract a partner.

Yes, in this case, “old-fashioned” is an epic understatement for just how ridiculous the advice in ladies journals of the time was.

Momentum started to build as this generation developed their own image and style, combined with the purchasing power of an increasingly influential demographic.

The word "teen-ager" was newly coined at this time.

They seemed — at least to this man's untrained not female, not-1950s eyes — to solve absolutely nothing.

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