A few weeks ago, I came across a collection of 1950s etiquette books in a rare vintage book store.
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.
And definitely don't give out a fake number because no number is fake, and sorry to whoever's phone number I gave out, you received more than a few calls this weekend from potential suitors looking for some paternal approval.
While the modern man typically is not on an exclusive hunt for a woman with a major in baking and a minor in chores, he still seems to be attracted to the level of care a woman like that can give.
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.