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The Most Ridiculous Dating Advice Women Were Expected to Follow in the 1930s

The Most Ridiculous Dating Advice Women Were Expected to Follow in the 1930s

If you thought dating is difficult now, think of how much harder women had it back then. From being told not to apply make up in front of your man to being adviced not to get sentimental, these dating tips focus on shining all the light on the man alone.

There are some old-fashioned dating rules that are worth passing on, like calling over texting and going slow dancing rather than clubbing. But decades later, reading these dating rules seem completely hilarious and outdated. All the way back in 1938, the Click Parade magazine had published a series of photographs with spoonfuls of advice, telling women what the best dating etiquette and "ladylike" mannerisms were, according to the Daily Mail.

Back then, mentioning your undergarments or being careless was unacceptable when you were trying to make an impression. What do you think about these demands on women who dated back in the 1930s?

1. Because no guy ever wants to know HOW a woman gets dressed, right?

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2. Imagine having to put on an expression of intense concentration, pretending every word he said was pure gold even when he couldn't stop talking about his boring car

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3. No wrinkle in sight, no bra strap peeping out of the corner, and none of those tiny, oops-almost-had-a-wardrobe-malfunction moments

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4. Because what if he sees how you look without makeup and decided you are just not good enough?

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5. No matter how badly you want your eyeshadow to be on point, you can't hijack your date's rearview mirror.

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Well, this one makes sense. Safety first!

6. The moment you see someone you dated before, DUCK! Hide or rush to the bathroom, where you can hyperventilate and panic in a cubicle

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And if there's a particular waiter at the restaurant who knows all your dirty little secrets, then good luck!

7. Men took dancing VERY seriously back then, you see

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Don't bother about enjoying dancing, ladies. Pay more attention to making sure the man gets his steps right.

8. So, basically, you have to make him the center of every conversation

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9. And PDAs (public displays of affection) are a big NO! 

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Especially tweaking his ears. Oh the horror!

10. If you start crying, he can't even offer you his handkerchief because you already got your makeup on it

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11. If you're bored, keep nodding. If you're sleepy, keep nodding. If you feel like you're going to pass out, keep nodding. As long as your eyes are on him and you let him do the talking, you'll be fine!

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12. There is a very thin line between clever and silly

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13. And from there, it's a very short stop to complete wreck

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Thank goodness for dating advice like this. How else would women ever be able to find the man of their dreams, huh?

References:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2409643/Hilarious-1930s-dating-rules-things-dont-change.html

https://mashable.com/2014/10/08/tips-for-single-women/

https://www.rd.com/culture/ridiculous-dating-tips-from-the-1930s/

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