Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Many young men find that they can do much better work if they get the girl out of their dreams and into their kitchen.
- from a 1949 Ladies' Home Journal as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

Now that Judith is sixteen and old enough to earn money and help herself in other ways to recover from her unfortunate childhood, she has taken on the additionally crippling circumstance of a steady boyfriend. How pathetic. . . . The love and attention of her steady boyfriend are a substitute for other more normal kinds of success. [...] A good deal of the time she spends going steady with Jim could be used to make herself more attractive so that other boys would ask her for dates.
- from Joyce Jackson's Guide to Dating as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

If you didn't have Freddy, you'd be spending a lot more time in front of the mirror--deciding how to bring out your best features. You'd be poring over fashion magazines and exploring shop windows to find out what the perfect style is for you. Without Freddy, you'd be putting your best foot forward and there wouldn't be an old sneaker on it.
- from Datebook's Guide as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

If your date is very good-looking, exploit it. Meet her at your dorm and take her to college places. If your date is not very good-looking, tell your friends you are having an affair with a married woman and take her to the movies.
- from a 1962 Esquire as quoted in From Front Porch to Back Seat by Beth L. Bailey

Gender roles are bad!
- Greg Crowder

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