Not-so-solid dating tips from the 1930s
Remember, ladies: Never talk about your clothes to a man.
by Gena Kaufman
It's always a laugh to look back at love advice from different eras and see how much things have changed. Like in 50 years, someone will probably be all "Gena Kaufman was so quaint when she suggested she preferred texting to calling! God, remember when we had cell phones? Hahaha. Old people."
A roundup of tips from the '30s has been making the rounds, so just for fun, let's check it out. Some of the tips are timeless ("The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor" is good advice for anyone regardless of gender or relationship status), others, not so much. Here are a few to consider:
Don't talk about clothes or try to describe your new gown to a man. Please and flatter your date by talking about thing he wants to talk about.
And if you don't feel like discussing his fantasy football team for three hours, well, too darn bad, girl. It's your job to flatter him about how skilled he is at sitting on the couch in sweatpants playing imaginary sports.
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Don't be familiar with your escort by caressing him in public. Any open show of affection is in bad taste, usually embarrasses or humiliates him.
I think this is the '30s version of pretending to be sexy strangers, except totally lame.
Careless women never appeal to gentlemen. Don't talk while dancing, for when a man dances he wants to dance.
Yes. Because 75 percent of the straight men today are really super into dancing. They just love to feel the music and romance of the moment. Riiiiight.
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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.
Chewing gum politely is a good tip for life generally, but a better solution if you're bored than pretending you're not is to get the heck out of that date already. Life's too short to pretend you're super fascinated by the details of his last trip to the dentist.
Which of these tips do you think are still relevant today? Which make you laugh the most? Girdles in general make me giggle, so I pick the one about that.
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