1950s dating rituals
Introducing your date to your parents on a first date When a man collected his young lady, it was customary for her to introduce him to her parents who would want to approve that he was suitable for their daughter.
Introducing your date to family and friends means it’s serious For many modern day daters, busy with work, life and possibly kids, introducing a partner to parents or family is more likely to happen once the dating phase is close or into the ‘relationship’ phase.
Back then, rules like “never drop your silverware on a first date” weren’t seen as overly strict — they were just the norm.
As well as taking on the role of the housewife–which presumably involved an immense amount of physical labor, restriction, and general frustration–women were given the extraordinary task of being desirable to men.
Always be on time Today it is still considered rude to keep your date waiting for any longer than 5 minutes.
Particularly if you are meeting in a public place (see below).
This impossible balance illustrates the level to which women were expected to adjust to the interests of men, as well as contributes to the ongoing dialogue as to the level of agency given to each gender in dating and courtship culture.Appearing too keen Modern day dating seems to be more like a power battle. And yet, respond late and she risks appearing disinterested, particularly if the dater is communicating with other online matches.Always be on time There’s no such thing as fashionably late; ladies must be ready when their date arrived.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.
Meeting in public is a good idea Unlike the traditional custom of collecting and being collected, today it is more common to make your own way to the first date and is sensible to meet in a public place.