Dating in 1950
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like .In 1937, sociologist Willard Waller published a study in the .His study of Penn State undergraduates detailed a "dating and rating" system based on very clear standards of popularity.
It is important to note that many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.
In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.
For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.
The first women to date, many of whom were raised by ultra-proper Victorian mothers, risked jail time in doing so.
"In the eyes of the authorities," Weigel writes, "women who let men buy them food and drinks or gifts and entrance tickets looked like whores, and making a date seemed the same as turning a trick." reports that "petting" joined the national lexicon in the 1920s, later defined by sexologist Alfred Kinsey as "deliberately touching body parts above or below the waist," writes Weigel.