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Mar 22 2010

Dating tips for the 1938 woman

This is too good not to share. PBH3 has found an 1938 Dating Guide for single women, and it’s a goldmine of unintentional hilarity. Here’s an example of one of the tips:
Pssshhh, who cares about women’s interests! All they do is talk about clothes anyway!

Go check it out. If it doesn’t make you laugh, it’ll at least make you thankful for how far we’ve come. If I had to live up to 1938 dating standards, I think I would end up being a lonely cat lady. I mean, how do they expect women do get through the night without passing out from drinking too much?!?

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  1. 1
    Scott

    According to the song playing on the radio I walked by earlier, you should in fact be brushing your teeth with a bottle of gin. I'm fairly sure passing out from drinking too much is entailed by starting the night that way.

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    Scott

    According to the song playing on the radio I walked by earlier, you should in fact be brushing your teeth with a bottle of gin. I’m fairly sure passing out from drinking too much is entailed by starting the night that way.

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    Jen

    No no no, you're supposed to brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack, not gin.

    …And now I go hide in a corner out of shame for knowing that song.

  4. 4
    Jen

    No no no, you’re supposed to brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack, not gin….And now I go hide in a corner out of shame for knowing that song.

  5. 5
    Girl Technologist

    "Drinking may make some girls seem clever, but most get silly."

    Isn't it the truth!

  6. 6
    Girl Technologist

    “Drinking may make some girls seem clever, but most get silly.”Isn’t it the truth!

  7. 7
    mcbender

    Wow. Men have certainly come a long way as well – the generalisations there don't apply to anybody I've ever met.

    This is good. We're learning.

  8. 8
    mcbender

    Wow. Men have certainly come a long way as well – the generalisations there don’t apply to anybody I’ve ever met.This is good. We’re learning.

  9. 9
    givesgoodemail

    [1938_misogyny_mode]Ehh, you pushy atheistic broads! Next thing you know, you'll want to learn how to read.[/1938_misogyny_mode]

  10. 10
    givesgoodemail

    [1938_misogyny_mode]Ehh, you pushy atheistic broads! Next thing you know, you’ll want to learn how to read.[/1938_misogyny_mode]

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    JT

    Yeah Jen…idiot. You're supposed to actively try to suppress all forms of dissenting opinion and shield your precious viewpoints from any scrutiny. Don't you know that that is what atheism and freethinking is about??

    Also, I must have missed the point of the clip…All it did was explain the theory of relativity. Nothing about "life element" or even on anything in the realm of faith or our existence.

    Though all religions are bullshit. God puts the final nail in the coffin of superstitions. ***************************************http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf9JUwCUwds***************************************

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    JT

    Yeah Jen…idiot. You’re supposed to actively try to suppress all forms of dissenting opinion and shield your precious viewpoints from any scrutiny. Don’t you know that that is what atheism and freethinking is about?? Also, I must have missed the point of the clip…All it did was explain the theory of relativity. Nothing about “life element” or even on anything in the realm of faith or our existence. Though all religions are bullshit. God puts the final nail in the coffin of superstitions. ***************************************http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…***************************************

  13. 13
    Jeff Satterley

    Reminds me of this article in Transportation Magazine from 1943, about hiring women:

    http://www.snopes.com/language/document/hiringwomen.asp

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    Jeff Satterley

    Reminds me of this article in Transportation Magazine from 1943, about hiring women:http://www.snopes.com/language

  15. 15
    Thrawn

    "Crystal Night, Atheists!"@ Pravda ForumsOh wait, I remember. Isn't Mabus that troll who's always on Pharyngula? Let's not encourage him.

    ********************************************http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fah5JAyLJTI********************************************Can this be a funny video thread now?

    I like the facial expressions on the actors. They really carry the article.

  16. 16
    Thrawn

    “Crystal Night, Atheists!”@ Pravda ForumsOh wait, I remember. Isn’t Mabus that troll who’s always on Pharyngula? Let’s not encourage him.********************************************http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…********************************************Can this be a funny video thread now?I like the facial expressions on the actors. They really carry the article.

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    Hugo Grinebiter

    You're going to hate me for this, but many of these axioms are merely good manners; and that would be true for either sex in any age.

    If you're going out with someone, whether a date or a pal, of course you should be dressed when he — or she — comes to get you. It's merely basic respect, as is punctuality when meeting elsewhere. How would she like it if he decided the date was a good time to change the oil of the car? And hands up all the ladies who would appreciate it if their date made out with other women at the table. Is that what YOU do on a date? Then I think the cats should go to a politer lady!

    Yes, twisting any entity's driving mirror around to monopolise it is dangerous. That's why they invented vanity mirrors in the back of the sunshades. Duh.

    What I find extraordinary in this guide is what it says about the natural sense of courtesy of the women who required this advice. And let's remember that the women who needed to be told to show some basic interhuman respect turned into our mothers, lecturing us on how the modern generation has no manners. They probably had similar dating guides for men, telling them not to pee on the tyres of the lady's car and not to pinch the waitress's butt. And these men also turned into the domestic tyrants we knew and loved, lecturing us about consideration for others.

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    Hugo Grinebiter

    You’re going to hate me for this, but many of these axioms are merely good manners; and that would be true for either sex in any age. If you’re going out with someone, whether a date or a pal, of course you should be dressed when he — or she — comes to get you. It’s merely basic respect, as is punctuality when meeting elsewhere. How would she like it if he decided the date was a good time to change the oil of the car? And hands up all the ladies who would appreciate it if their date made out with other women at the table. Is that what YOU do on a date? Then I think the cats should go to a politer lady!Yes, twisting any entity’s driving mirror around to monopolise it is dangerous. That’s why they invented vanity mirrors in the back of the sunshades. Duh. What I find extraordinary in this guide is what it says about the natural sense of courtesy of the women who required this advice. And let’s remember that the women who needed to be told to show some basic interhuman respect turned into our mothers, lecturing us on how the modern generation has no manners. They probably had similar dating guides for men, telling them not to pee on the tyres of the lady’s car and not to pinch the waitress’s butt. And these men also turned into the domestic tyrants we knew and loved, lecturing us about consideration for others.

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    jeffreywithaj

    Its possible this was meant to be humorous (though, not in the way we find it funny). The advice is all sound, but its a little silly. Things people, especially in the 1930s, should have known.

    The dressing in front of a date and being passed out are what make me question its intended purpose.

    Who knows.

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    jeffreywithaj

    Its possible this was meant to be humorous (though, not in the way we find it funny). The advice is all sound, but its a little silly. Things people, especially in the 1930s, should have known.The dressing in front of a date and being passed out are what make me question its intended purpose.Who knows.

  21. 21
    Joé McKen

    … At least he’s a bit more civil now, having dropped that little “…idiot…” …

  22. 22
    Joé McKen

    … At least he’s a bit more civil now, having dropped that little “…idiot…” …

  23. 23
    Anonymous

    ah, yes, the 1930's, when housework was actually work. What a golden age that was, hmm? Talking about modern conveniences, my dishwasher broke down the other day, water all over the place…

    …so I slapped her and told her to get on with it (ba-dump tsh) (seriously, actually, no, beating your women is wrong, etc, etc, bad joke, no lawyers…)

  24. 24
    Anonymous

    ah, yes, the 1930′s, when housework was actually work. What a golden age that was, hmm? Talking about modern conveniences, my dishwasher broke down the other day, water all over the place……so I slapped her and told her to get on with it (ba-dump tsh) (seriously, actually, no, beating your women is wrong, etc, etc, bad joke, no lawyers…)

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    Kaleberg

    Actually, an awful lot of it is still good advice. Sure, you'd expect the guy to pay more attention to what the girl says these days, but I've read similar stuff in recent vintage Cosmo except they warn you not to spend the whole date texting your friends on your cellphone. (Cosmo has always been a surprisingly feminist magazine with its emphasis on advancing one's career, building a life, getting laid because it's fun and so on. I'll read anything when I'm bored.)

    It's obviously a humor article, what with the hilarious photos. It looks like something Life Magazine would have run. They had a hilarious article on why the success of Gone With The Wind would not bring back mid-19th century hoop skirts. (Revolving doors anyone?) They didn't have little brackets back then so you had to figure it out.

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    Kaleberg

    Actually, an awful lot of it is still good advice. Sure, you’d expect the guy to pay more attention to what the girl says these days, but I’ve read similar stuff in recent vintage Cosmo except they warn you not to spend the whole date texting your friends on your cellphone. (Cosmo has always been a surprisingly feminist magazine with its emphasis on advancing one’s career, building a life, getting laid because it’s fun and so on. I’ll read anything when I’m bored.)It’s obviously a humor article, what with the hilarious photos. It looks like something Life Magazine would have run. They had a hilarious article on why the success of Gone With The Wind would not bring back mid-19th century hoop skirts. (Revolving doors anyone?) They didn’t have little brackets back then so you had to figure it out.

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    ppreston1450

    These tips are a bit conservative and could actually be a turn-on in today's terms. Anyway, I'd recommend timeless dating advice from about.com or http://haydendane.com. The tips are simply amazing and easy too

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    ppreston1450

    These tips are a bit conservative and could actually be a turn-on in today’s terms. Anyway, I’d recommend timeless dating advice from about.com or http://haydendane.com. The tips are simply amazing and easy too

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    Hugo Grinebiter

    except they warn you not to spend the whole date texting your friends on your cellphone.

    As I said earlier, such advice presupposes selfish rudeness on a staggering scale. I am considered a dork, but I would never in a million years do something like that. And yet the woman who does the above probably has a high Social Intelligence quotient in the sense of the Plastics in "Mean Girls", that is, the ability to process minute hierarchical distinctions, which is not remotely the same thing as courtesy. Which is about making other people feel good.

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    Hugo Grinebiter

    except they warn you not to spend the whole date texting your friends on your cellphone.As I said earlier, such advice presupposes selfish rudeness on a staggering scale. I am considered a dork, but I would never in a million years do something like that. And yet the woman who does the above probably has a high Social Intelligence quotient in the sense of the Plastics in “Mean Girls”, that is, the ability to process minute hierarchical distinctions, which is not remotely the same thing as courtesy. Which is about making other people feel good.

  31. 31
    Naughty Dating

    Drinking was a problem then, as it is now as well…Is this for real or was just some good humor from that time?

  32. 32
    Jo

    Those tips all make perfect sense to me.I guess I’m just old fashioned.

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