1938 Dating Guide for Single Women

So switch.’s new “First Lady,” whom you will all be meeting later this week, just turned me on to the 1938 Dating Guide for Single Women. And I must say, not a lot has changed in the last 72 years… from the male perspective, at least.

The 1938 guide starts off by saying the following to single women: “Do your dressing in your boudoir to keep your allure. Be ready to go when date arrives; don’t keep him waiting. Greet him with a smile!” This is still very true. For those of you unfamiliar with 1938 vocabulary, a boudoir is defined by Wikipedia as a “lady’s private bedroom, sitting room or dressing room.” So in other words, get ready early and don’t keep your man waiting! Just because you take an hour to get ready for your date, there’s no reason why the guy should have to suffer for that.

Later on in the guide, it says: “Don’t talk about clothes or try to describe your new gown to a man. Please and flatter your date by talking about the things he wants to talk about.” This is also still very true. The last thing a guy cares about is how much you like that new dress you just got from the mall. Honestly, the only thing he probably cares about is how long it’ll take him to get that dress off of you. All other details are basically irrelevant.

Looking at the rest of the guide, not much seems to have changed as far as what guys want. The main difference, though, is that it looks like it was acceptable for guys to be more demanding of what they wanted back then. Nowadays, we definitely can’t be as demanding, mainly as a result of feminism and stuff like that. Oh well.

Now, before the entire female population jumps down my throat, let me make it clear that I do understand and support many feminist perspectives. At the same time, however, everybody likes to have their way, and it’s great to be able to live vicariously through this dating guide from back in the day. But enough of my thoughts. Check out the rest of the guide… it’s absoultely hilarious.


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