What would come into your mind when I ask you to describe the 1950’s? You would probably talk about the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, about how famous Elvis Presley was in the 1950s, or even about the first satellites to orbit the space. Would you have thought about how magazines advised women to seduce men in the 1950’s? Kim Marx-Kuczynski, from Madison, Wisconsin, recently shared a 1958 McCall’s article, titled “129 Ways to Get a Husband” which would amaze you how the times have changed.
The text begins with the statement: “In the United States today there are sixteen million women over the age of seventeen who are not married,” which would make it evident that a vast majority of them would like to be married at that age. The writer has asked 16 people to produce ideas on strategies that lonely women could use to grab the attention of men. Some of these tips, such as ordering rare steaks and no gossiping to crying in a corner of the room and getting a hunting license does sound ok and make sense and some tips seem to be very questionable. In the author’s defense, the magazine says that they did ask the participants to throw away their judgemental thoughts and write down their honest opinions.
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