In middle class America, dating in the s was a much more formal activity than it is today, with very strict rules. Boys asked girls out on dates, or telephoned them just to chat, and boys paid for the dates, never the other way around. Dates at the malt shop or drugstore soda fountain, drive-in movie, or school dance were typical of this era. Sexual desires were as powerful then as they have ever been, but ruining one's reputation the girl's , and the scandal and shame unwanted pregnancy would bring kept many a yearning in check. In a rather prudish society, baseball-oriented slang for sexual activity came about in the post-war years.
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Leaving out the obvious Internet factor, relationship seekers seem to have much less patience now than they did back then. Yes, there were blind dates, but it began as a connection made through someone you knew. You might have a couple of dates in a week, and they were with different women. This notion that you had to date one person exclusively from first date to break-up was nearly unheard of.
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