Dating in the 1950 s


Instead of bringing people together for committed relationships, Tinder just gave people a lift over the horizon to see more fish in the sea.

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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.

In the 1950s, casual dating was still a fairly new concept; before the war, young people typically only dated if they intended to marry in the future.

After the war, however, the term “going steady” was used more loosely and couples dated exclusively without thinking of long-term plans.

Interestingly enough, dating also came along with a set of instructions, just as would a new refrigerator or TV set.

She most notably cites shyness as a main component of the conventionally desirable female in the 1950s courtship and dating culture.