Article From 1958 Titled ‘129 Ways to Get a Husband’ Shows How Much The World Has Changed

By: Anuradha

A lot of things have changed since the 1950s. If anyone asked you how would the world have been in 1950, you would probably talk about the lives after world wars, how technology developed and so on. But, if you are questioned of women, love, and men in 1950s, what would be your answer? Well, I assume that you need some time to give a proper answer as the lives in the 1950s were much different from the world that we are living in.

In fact, the way people celebrated love and romance in the 1950s were much different. Women were not that liberated or independent and it was sometimes hard for them to find a husband due to so many reasons. Recently, Kim Marx-Kuczynski from Madison, Wisconsin shared an article from 1958 McCall’s magazine entitled “129 ways to get a husband” and this will give a good idea about how people lived at the time.

Speaking about the article Kim said, 

“In the United States today there are sixteen million women over the age of seventeen who are still waiting for a marriage proposal,” the text begins. Presumably, the vast majority of them would like to be.” The publisher asked 16 people to brainstorm some dating tips lonely women could use to get men to pay attention to them, and they delivered. From ordering rare steaks and no gossiping to crying in a corner of the room and getting a hunting license, some of these life hack sound like common sense, and some seem to be… questionable. In their authors’ defense, the magazine did ask them to throw away their judgments when writing down their thoughts.

“My boyfriend John Bascynski spotted it at a rummage sale and pointed it out. I bought it for a dollar,” Kim told. “I think the article is reflective of the social mores and 50s style in general, and I found the comparison between what was acceptable then and what is acceptable now fascinating. It also made me grateful that so much progress has been made.

Speaking further she says,

“I think if someone is actively looking for a life-long partner just for the sake of being married, they will end up in a failed relationship whether they legally sever it or not,” she said. “I’d like to read about someone’s attempts at trying out everything on the list though. They would either end up with a degree from Yale, in federal prison for stowing away on a military vessel, or in an intervention meeting with friends who’ve been very concerned with their recent dating profile choices.”

“It’s outdated and absurd and funny, but it had serious intentions,” Kim concluded. “Society has changed so much in the last sixty years, and this article exemplifies the differences between what our moms and grandmas grew up with compared to ourselves and the coming generations. It’s fascinating.”

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