Premarital sex became increasingly mainstream, replacing the pre-existing dating etiquette with a freer, less restrictive norm.It was in 1962, after all, that Helen Gurley Brown published "Sex and the Single Girl," laying out the manifesto for what would become the magazine we know it today.There could be sexual tension involved, as anyone who's ever read Henry James knows; but the pace would be what we'd call today a (seriously) slow burn.The emergence of institutions like prom brought a new way of dating for young adults.
This would continue on until a mutual interest was reached and a marriage proposal was offered.
First dates often happened after the guy called the girl on the phone, as the charmingly bumbling video above demonstrates.
The date usually happened in a public place, among other teens (think Danny and Sandy's movie date in ); there was lots of talking to get to know each other; and if there was any money spent, the guy paid.
Indeed, "playing the field" by dating multiple people became more common in this decade, as the liberated women we now know as "flappers" explored sexual boundaries and brought taboos like premarital sex out of the closet.
During World War II, trying to find a fella for a first date was a tricky task, because so many had been drafted.
Finally, they were able to get out from under their parents' thumb to enjoy activities with those they found attractive.