Thanks for reviving those ideals, and for helping us guys think outside the box. I hope this historical review has helped you to understand the courtship practices you have inherited, and can assist you in living more wisely, which is the goal of all Christians. Pay for the first few dates. My tirade led me an amusingly vintage yet timelessly valuable video on dating etiquette. Growing up in the generation between then and now, I was taught to be a gentleman, and I think a lot of guys miss out on what they get and what they give by being a little more formal and intentional. And what about friends? In many Christian communities there seems to be movement toward rediscovering, or creating anew, some sort of script that conforms itself to the way God created man and woman to relate to each other.
If the average age of first marriages was dropping around age 18 for women and 20 for men then the preparation for marriage — the shopping around, if you will — had to begin much earlier than that.
Here's What Dating Was Like In The 40s
These are all encouraging signs. Navy and is also a trained musician, having worked as a recording engineer in Memphis, Tenn. So, that is the system in place prior to World War II. All rights reserved. You are most welcome, Michelle! To stay popular, you competed. Men also had more dangerous factory and machinery jobs at this time.