For Valentine's Day: Dating Advice from the Past
Posted On: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 10:02 AM, by Theta Archives
Collegian dance card from the 1920s.
"The 'co' in coeducation stands for dates, parties and tall, dark and handsome men to most of us" so begins the section on dating from the University of Iowa's "Code for Coeds, 1942-1943." These guides, distributed to women attending college and found on many campuses, touched upon on everything from what clothes to bring to school to the rush process on a particular campus, and gives us a glimpse on the expectations of young women of the 1940s. In honor of Valentine's Day, we have selected a few bits of "wisdom" about the romantic side of college life. Some might still apply today!
- Watch your behavior on the crowded dance floor. Jitter not, oh little bugs, when you’re in with bunny hugs!
- Frequency of dates depends on how well you can manage your time. Weekends are usually date-time at Iowa, but if a Friday or Saturday looms up with a blank on your calendar, don’t shed tears. Mend those anklets, catch up on your washing, get acquainted with your friends, try some studying, write home, or squeeze in a few added hours of sleep.
- Being able to dance well and knowing enough about bridge not to trump your partner’s ace are two social assets you may wish to develop.
- It’s true that to be popular you don’t have to smoke, drink and pitch woo with the boys who do. A firm but kind “no” gives them the idea. Becoming a co-ed and being away from home shouldn’t budge your principles. Mom and Dad and the pals back home don’t like hearing, via the grapevine route, that Susie is becoming fast, sophisticated, and egotistical.
- The love bug bites spasmodically all year, but he really attacks in earnest in the spring. History facts blur before sweet thoughts of Steve. You either walk in a daze or spring hither and yon with joy - it depends on how love affects you. Either way your grade point is sure to take a back seat if you don’t use some will power to make it hold its own
- Getting in your dorm or house on time (10:30 school nights, 12:30 Friday and Saturday) is a university ruling and law-breakers aren’t accepted here either.
Do share with us some the dating traditions that occurred on your campus! *The Kappa Alpha Theta archives is funded by a grant from Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.*