But being a teenager during that era was a challenge, especially according to the prescriptive "rules" in this guide.
'refrain from showing ‘affection’ in movie theatres' and other tips from a s teen dating manual
Sixty years ago, aling your arrival by honking from the curb would have ensured you'd never be dating anyone on that block again! Social Sharing.
While modern teens are fierce about their privacy and will text "here" when they're outside over ringing the doorbell, in the s you had to show your face at the door. Related Stories Crazy things we told housewives in the s Riding High on Birthrates and Sugar in the s No one snacked in the '40s.
Simply getting places during a date in the s sounds like an incredible amount of work.
Also, my dirty mind only sees the very last part of these instructions, and this is why I would never be anyone's "clean-minded" anything. Even casual daters were told to be up to speed on the rules above, as well as having knowledge to do things like "safely extinguish fires," and "swim in groups. Most modern s dating knowledge comes from retrospectives like Back to the Future or Grease, and based on that, the sock hop decade looks exciting.
Honestly, it makes today's hyper-involved parents seem laid back. As for clean-minded?
Now that most people own screens in their own homes, private movie nights are easy and accessible. This rule still holds true today but is easily circumvented.
Anyone who thinks "helicopter parenting" is a modern construct needs to read this manual. This rule proves that teenagers don't change; only decades do. On second thought, if dates in the s regularly involved fire and swimming, maybe it was more fun than it sounded. To the parents. We're all for chivalry, but it's not a "rule" now like it was then.
The hardest part regarding travel on dates these days is deciding how to split the fare on your rideshare app. Front doors shouldn't need a burst of manly strength to heave open. No one snacked in the '40s.
It's good to know these "punctual" and "clean-minded" teens weren't completely bloodless. The author also suggests being "likeable" and "well-groomed," which seem sensible, to the point that makes you wonder what made this rule important enough to write down in a book.
Here are some real rules for dating, straight from the Marion S. Barclay's Teen Guide to Homemakingan "official guide" for teenage life in the s:. It's worth noting that such criteria is tinged with a heaping dose of sentimentalism, as no one has truly been "likeable" since the advent of Facebook. Cars were built heavier back then, as were toasters and everything else, but luckily this "rule" has lessened with the advent of lighter vehicles and women who are happy to close doors themselves.
It's hard to believe teenagers have been making out in movie theatres for almost a century!
Since MeToo, our bar has been somewhat lowered to "demonstrably a mensch. Was arm strength an issue for women in the s?
Refraining from showing "affection" in movie theatres is also mentioned several times in the manual, and it's kind of a relief that it needs to be mentioned repeatedly. I am a '50s dating failure. Teen dating in the s was full of expectations and rules. Was Rickets really that much of a problem?