Should We Bring Back 1950s Dating Rules? | Reader's Digest

Should We Bring Back 1950′s Dating Rules?

Many of the quaint rituals of dating in the 1950's are considered sexist today. Would you like to see any of these rules brought back?

from Life in the Fabulous '50s

Many of the quaint rituals of dating in the 1950′s show common courtesy that is lacking today. Would you like to see any of these rules brought back?

Dating Etiquette for Girls

  • Only floozies ask guys out.
  • When someone asks you out, it’s polite to give an immediate answer.
  • Never break a date without providing a valid reason.
  • There’s no such thing as fashionably late; be ready when your date arrives.
  • It’s only proper to introduce your date to your parents.
  • Don’t apply makeup in public (please see first point).
  • At a restaurant, it’s ladylike to tell a date what you want for dinner, so he can order for you.
  • Don’t humiliate guys by trying to pay for a date.

Dating Etiquette for Guys

  • Dates aren’t like cramming for exams; don’t wait until the last minute to ask a girl out.
  • It’s poor form to honk the car horn to announce your arrival; call for her at the door.
  • Ask her parents when they want her home — and make sure your watch works.
  • It’s only polite to help her don her coat.
  • Real gentlemen open car doors for girls — or any door, for that matter.
  • It’s chivalrous to walk between her and the curb.
  • Bring enough money along.
  • No kissing on the first date.
  • On prom night, don’t leave the corsage in the fridge.