My friend Laurie over at Three Dog Blog has the most amazing post today listing the rules of dating for 1938. Go over there and check it out.
Some delicious samples (and all are accompanied by terrifically helpful pictures):
"Don't sit in awkward positions, and never look bored even if you are. Be alert and if you must chew gum (not advised) do it silently, mouth closed."
"Don't use the car mirror to fix your makeup. Man needs it in driving and it annoys him very much to have to turn around to see what's behind him."
I would add a few more such helpful hints given to me growing up in Ireland in the sixties:
"Our Lady weeps if you ever mention your period to any man."
"Never let a man touch you above the knee or below the neck."
"You can get pregnant just by sitting on a toilet seat if a strange man just used it."
"The highest aspiration for any good girl is to be a nun. Second would be as a married woman dedicated to bringing as many, many children to the glory of God as she can, and third would be if she remained single and devoted her life to good works such as helping in the church and to assisting the number ones and twos in their lives of selfless sacrifice."
"Never use a tampon as that is throwing your most precious gift away and no man will want you after that."
"Never deny a husband his pleasure. He needs it to release his tension for working hard. That is your duty."
"Never buy a car of your own as independence in a woman is frowned on by any man looking for a wife."
"Every man has the wild animal in him. A good woman never encourage this with a sinful display of her bosoms."
"A woman needs to be very careful on the marriage bed not to exhibit any pleasure as it could make a man doubtful and distrusting."
My grade: F A I L.