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7 Characteristics of Going Steady

Gee whiz. As we continue the history of dating series, we discuss the 7 characteristics of going steady. The quotes from this article come from Beth Bailey’s book From Front Porch to Back Seat unless otherwise noted.  Money became scarce during the Great Depression. Men became scarce during WWII. “Before the war, when discussions of […]

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Competitive dating

The Game of Love: Competitive Dating in the 1930s

The Roaring 20s party collided headfirst into the 1929 stock market crash. Courtship had given way to dating as we discussed in The Invention of Dating. But, competitive dating was rising, partially due to the financial crises in the 1930s. 13-15 million workers lost their jobs at the height of The Great Depression in 1933. Scarcity was a […]

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invention of dating

The Invention of Dating: Why Guys Pay for Dates

As Kristen and I get ready for a Gatsby-themed house party tonight, I’m reminded of how the Roaring ’20s birthed modern dating as we know it. The invention of dating replaced “calling,” as we discussed in A Dating Tradition Worth Bringing Back? Dating started with urban, working, lower classes, but quickly spread to public acceptance. […]

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Is Chivalry Dead? Part 1: The History

“Chivalry” conjures up an image of a man in a top hat from the 1800’s laying his coat over a puddle so his lady won’t have to get her shoes wet. The French origin of the term chivalry means “horsemanship,”[1] so you could theoretically say chivalry is a form of horse riding during the Middle […]

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