Dating rules of the 1950s
"Women now pay for their dates, women now drive their dates, women now chase the guy," says Susan "Honey" Good, founder of Honey Good.com, a website for sophisticated women over 50 (speaking of over 50, here are 10 essential strength-training moves you absolutely must do if you're 50 and up). Read on for the old-school rules that don't stand a chance in today's swipe-right culture.
We turned back the clock and talked to dating dynamos who navigated the relationship waters long before Twitter and Tinder.
Teenagers on dates just go anywhere that is fun and not too expensive. Today, teenagers go on a few dates and then just become a couple, perhaps having an awkward “are we a thing? The rules of dating were far more clearly defined sixty years ago.
Back in the fifties, a boy would give his class ring, club pin, or varsity jacket to his date.
(Here, 6 women open up about what it means today to be single in their 40's.) "In my generation, you know what the biggest relationship issue was? "You're Catholic and I'm Baptist or you're Jewish and I'm Catholic—parents did not go for it." Besides faith, dating outside your race and culture ranked right up there, too.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban would have stood out in the 1950s.
Nowadays, it does not matter who asks first, but back then it was very different. If a girl asked for a date, her peers generally thought poorly of her.
Couples in the fifties were not able to text or Facebook message each other like couples today.
The prom has been around for a long time, but in the fifties, it was a bit different.
Today, you can't escape dating do's and don'ts, yet in your grandma's day it was more implied than talked about.
"My mother and grandmothers were hush-hush on stating clearly and in detail the rules," says Good.
No dating topic was off limits and no detail spared.
Women followed suit, holding post-date summits over brunch or sending group texts to discuss (and dis) dates.