Dating in the 1920 s
Although romantic considerations had started entering the matter of who a young person would marry, marriage was still widely a family affair and so courtship mostly took place in the home.A young man would be encouraged to ‘call’ on a young woman.The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.Before that decade, a man courted the Woman of his Dreams in her home, under the watchful eye of her parents.
When one tries to understand how dating has changed over time, and most importantly, how we arrived at the system of courtship and dating we have today, one must realize the monumental cultural shift that occurred during the 1940s, primarily due to World War II.
The courtship experience and ideals of those who grew up before World War II were profoundly different from those of teenagers in the postwar years, and the differences created much intergenerational conflict.
Beth Bailey and Ken Myers explain in the Mars Hill Audio Report, , demonstrated through the number and variety of dates a young adult could command, sometimes even on the same night.
Courtship in the 1920s – In spite of new attitude and behaviour that were certainly new and freer, the fundamental aspiration and expectations of young people weren’t all that different from their parents’.
They were indeed enacting a social revolution, it just wasn’t as radical as we love to think.