Millions of teenagers in the 1950's went on one or more dates per week. If a girl of thirteen years had not started dating yet, she was considered a "late bloomer" by societies standards (Bailey 48).After all, most children know about dating long before they are actually ready to participate in it (Merrill 61).In the fifties and surrounding decades, handbooks and other books exploring relationships described dating as a fun activity in which teens are allowed to meet and mingle with many members of the opposite sex.Besides, dating allowed young people to be with each other without their parents interfering.Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.
Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like .
Secondly, the control of the relationship changed hands as the transition was made.
When calling was practiced, the female in the relationship held most of the power because men came to see house with her parents present.
COURTING IN THE 1950's During the 1950's, it was common knowledge, at least to girls, that there was a process to the whole courtship ritual -- that there were stages to a lasting relationship.
First, when you are young, you associate with boys in the playground, and do not seriously form any romantic relationships with them.