Advice for high school dating
Even if they refused to go “all the way,” “nice girls” were no longer insulted by being asked.In light of these facts, Lindsey argued that it was imperative that parents and educators discard their “wet dishrag morality” and speak openly with children.These parents did not have to exercise the kind of severe discipline that had been needed to keep order in households of nine or ten.
When students left for college, they moved into the world of peers and immersed themselves in their rituals full-time.
In terms of the baseball metaphor, petting covered everything between first base and home plate.
“Mothers Complain That Modern Girls ‘Vamp’ Their Sons at Petting Parties,” At least one audience was guaranteed to take an interest: the petters’ parents.
The proliferation of advice literature about the new “emotional” family offers evidence of their commitment to this project.
By the mid-1930s, 80 percent of women in professional families and nearly 70 percent of women in managerial families read at least one book on child rearing every year. Fathers, too, began buying these books and attending events like teacher conferences. They sent their children to school longer and allowed them a great deal more leisure than they themselves had enjoyed.