They could drink, smoke cigarettes, bob their hair, and dance all the immoral fad dances like the Charleston.The world of dating in America has changed dramatically over the last century.In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.Given how fast things change (it was only a few years ago swiping right wasn't a term we even knew), trying to get a "first date" right isn't worth the stress.
It was then paramount for women to quickly obtain some sort of promise that the relationship would continue upon their fella's return.
Courtship, to put it in old-timey terms, then became a part of the mating process. But even then, they didn't always fit one mold.
Here are some ways our idea of a "date" has dramatically varied over the years.
Some may argue that in today's society, it is nonexistent and has been replaced by what many young people refer to as "hooking up." With the advent of new technologies (e.g., cell phones, instant messaging, video chatting, etc.) and the changing definitions of traditional dating and families, "dating" has become a more open and self-interpreted institution over the century.
It is important to note that many of these mainstream rituals were strictly confined to heterosexual dating.
In it, she wrote, "An affair can last from one night to forever," a pretty clear sign that dating and sex could now go hand-in-hand.