Dating traditions in usa
In the 1950s, "going steady" was the term for being in an exclusive relationship.This status was about the relationship, sure, but it was also about standing out amongst your peers.Between the popularization of rock 'n' roll, and protesting the Vietnam War, 1960s youth culture was hot for revolution.Not only was it the activities of the US government that young people were resisting, but they were shirking old social conventions as well.Women would meet with several men, with her parents present, to whittle the pickings down to the most suitable match for marriage, which heavily relied on factors such as financial and social status.
From the turn of the 20th century, to the present day, romantic relationships have been an evolving part of culture, just like everything else.
In the earlier part of the 20th century, sex and sexuality were not openly discussed.
As author Jodi O'Brien put it, "Sex was desexualized" and reserved for marriage, when the couple had entered into a spiritual union with God.
At that time, there was no such thing as just two young lovers "going out on a date." However, this began to change in the early years of the 20th century, when couples began to go out together in public and unsupervised.
Still, the ultimate and very apparent goal was still that of marriage.