Dating in the 1950s

Parts of the country maintained the traditions of the 1950s, and other parts surged into the new age of independence and feminism.

On the girl’s side, it was polite to give an immediate answer – no hemming and hawing about it.

While asking for permission from the girl’s parents was the respectful thing to do, it wasn’t the end all be all, as it would have been in the 30s and 40s.

Outside of this movement, however, men were still more likely to be the askers.

That said, many of the 1950s dating rituals were gone by now.

In more liberal cities, some women asked the guy out instead.

In the 1970s, second wave feminism was going strong, making it even more likely for women to do the asking.

When phones were picked up, the situation was much like it had been in previous decades, as the guy would have to call a landline and make chitchat with whoever picked up first.

Throughout the first decade of the 2000s, cell phones and speedy internet connections became mainstream for most teens.

In that way, dating in the 1950s was a lot closer to the courting rituals of historic times, with marriage as the end goal.

Given the cultural revolutions that defined the 1960s, it was a time when your social rules largely depended on where you lived.

This made the dating process more private than ever, allowing kids to text each other without their parents’ knowing.

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