If you were asked to describe the 1950s, you would probably think about the Cold War between The United States and the Soviet Union, Elvis Presley becoming famous or the first satellites going into orbit. Well, some people like Kim Marx-Kaczynski from Madison, Wisconsin are thinking more about how magazines were advising women how to get a husband. Indeed, Mrs Marx-Kuczynski shared an article from McCall’s from 1958 with the title “ 129 Ways to Get a Husband”. She wanted to remind us how life as changed since that time.
The text of this article starts like this: “In the United States today there are sixteen million women over the age of seventeen who are still waiting for a marriage proposal, presumably the vast majority of them would like to be.” The whole article is based on a brainstorm made by 16 people on some dating tips that single women could try to get male’s attention. From getting a hunting license and ordering rare steaks to not gossiping and crying in a corner of the room, some of these life hacks seem totally normal while others sounds simply nonsense. To defend the authors of this list, the magazine asked them to forget their judgement for the purpose of the article.
The lady that found this archive said in an interview, “My boyfriend John Bascynski spotted it at a rummage sale and pointed it out. I bought it for a dollar, I think the article is reflective of the social mores and 50s style in general, and I found the comparison between what was acceptable then and what is acceptable now fascinating. It also made me grateful that so much progress has been made.”
Kim also said after reading the article that everyone who’s looking for a long-term relationship should not consider this kind of advice. “I think if someone is actively looking for a lifelong partner just for the sake of being married, they will end up in a failed relationship, whether they legally sever it or not, I’d like to read about someone’s attempts at trying out everything on the list though. They would either end up with a degree from Yale, in federal prison for stowing away on a military vessel, or in an intervention meeting with friends who’ve been very concerned with their recent dating profile choices.”
When she posted the article, she concluded that, “It’s outdated and absurd and funny, but it had serious intentions. Society has changed so much in the last sixty years, and this article exemplifies the differences between what our moms and grandmas grew up with compared to ourselves and the coming generations. It’s fascinating.”
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