Thankfully, Allen and Briggs were crystal clear about the importance of not being a jerk before the date even began.“Don’t ‘yoo-hoo’ or honk under Janie’s window just to let her know that you are ready to go now,” they wrote. “Remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.” “Don’t be a chiseler,” Allen and Briggs scolded their male readers.For most folks, there was a formality to dating that made the process feel like applying for a real estate loan.The same dating rules might not all apply today, but they’re still fun to look back at and laugh about in retrospect.Men can’t always be held responsible for their own actions, especially when their hormones are raging.As Duvall reminded young daters in , “When you step into a car, [a girl is] just as responsible as the driver for what goes on. If [a girl] lets the boy drive too fast, she shares the guilt if an accident occurs.” You’ve been warned, ladies! “Instead of teasing her and trying to make her feel inferior, a fellow shows himself a much better sport if he gives her a break and a helping hand once in a while,” Richardson suggested.
In 1969, Abigail Van Buren, the advice columnist otherwise known as Dear Abby, offered a simple compromise.
“Even if your wisecracking is good, don’t keep it up all the time.
Others may not appreciate your efforts.” ” Today, any conscientious man has to consider that his prospective girlfriend may be afraid of robbers, murderers, and other sketchy subjects.
“Don’t just sit around with nothing special to do or, even worse, ride around with no destination.” Why?
That’s what leads to “parking,” and inevitably “necking.” When necking becomes “the major interest and No.
1 indoor sport, you’re playing with fire and you could get badly singed,” Landers warned.