The Great Depression changed the purpose of dating during the 1930’s (Hill, 2008).The original goal of dating was to find one’s future husband or wife, and it became a way of socializing and entertainment.
The Kinsey Reports, which I will go into more detail in the Fifties, showed America a more realistic depiction of the sexual behavior that was occurring (Johnson, 1997). Sex was seen more as as a pleasurable activity; we see this as it had a stronger presence in movies and magazines, as well as with the growing popularity of contraception that began to take off in the 1930′s (e Notes, 2011). My granddaughter's date honked the horn and out she came.When I asked my daughter why they young man didn't come in the house for the "look over", the response was "Father you're so old fashioned'. How did one date in the late 1940's and the 1950's?
Lean back and turn the clock to my teen years when dating was a mystery and the rules and etiquette were defined. That meant there were five men in the house and our mother.I had no idea of what you do on a date, especially my first. First you had to ask the girl you liked to "go out with you". Then you had to set the exact time; dates were usually on Saturday night.I was shocked when I found out I had to wear a suit. I was so nervous that I'd hoped she wouldn't be the one to answer. I didn't say much more than "here" and of course she responded "oh how beautiful, thank you" or something like that.I was lucky to have my own pants and sometimes had to wait for my older brothers to give me their hand me downs. And then the dreaded moment, the parents together, coming to inspect their daughter's date.