Dating and marriage in the 1920s

14-Jan-2017 08:00

For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.

In the first decade of the twentieth century, men "called upon" young women whom they fancied by (with the permission of her parents) visiting her home.

From the flappers of the 1920s to the flower children of the 1960s, personal expression began to replace formality in men and women’s clothing.

As the 1980s song goes, women do tend to prefer a sharply-dressed man.

Young people of the 1920s, characterized by the free spirited "flapper," experienced more sexual exploration than their predecessors.

They embraced psychologist Sigmund Freud's 1920 Theory of the Libido that emphasized sexual experimentation as a natural human need.

His study of Penn State undergraduates detailed a "dating and rating" system based on very clear standards of popularity.In 1901 the Victorian era basically ended with Her Majesty’s death.Thereafter, informality grew and waned based on the economy and social norms of four generations.The years between World War I and the Great Depression known as the "Roaring Twenties." Marked by an economic boom that enticed young people to move into the cities and live independently, the 1920s redefined the social values of the younger generations.

As young adults rebelled against strict, Victorian era moral codes, the interaction between the sexes dramatically changed.

By the 1920s, many young people left home to live -- and date -- independently in the city.

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