Dating like 1960s

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While women were conditioned to want babies, pregnancies and babies also represented a burden that tied women to the home.

The birth control pill allowed women to have sex without the fear of pregnancy.

Society in the1930s considered a woman popular if she had a lot of dates.; women in the 1970s had working girl Mary Tyler Moore as a role model. By 1973, it had become the most-used form of birth control, with more than 10 million users.

Having reliable birth control gave women more control over their bodies, and sex was no longer tied to reproduction.

Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.

When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.

After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).

People started referring to going on dates as "hanging out" or "hooking up." The expectation that dates were part of the path leading from meeting to marriage had begun to wither, and premarital sex was becoming more common.

The increasing reality that some marriages don't last forever may have contributed to the casual approach to dating and fewer couples seeking marriage.

Alice Drinkworth has been a writer and journalist since 1995.

Dating essentially replaced the practice of calling which was the primary way of courtship before the mid-1920's.

When a man "calls" upon a woman, he usually shows up at her house during an "at home" session and presents his card to the maid who then gives it to the young lady.

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