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Dating Tips: Vintage Style

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For today’s Flash Back Friday, a few dating tips from those wise beyond their years. We came across this list of wisdom through the century for young adults in the dating realm. HelloGiggles.com comes up with some of the quirkiest blogs, and this is one of my favorites.

1. “Don’t talk while dancing” (1938)

Any middle schooler will tell you how awkward those dances are in the first place. Why would you take away their opportunity to break the ice and relax a little?!

2. “Make HIM feel important” (1959)

Basically, make him feel like a king, and he’ll make you his queen. I love complimenting my guy like any girl, but I wouldn’t say that I make that my NUMBER ONE priority. It’s perfectly acceptable to take care of yourself first.

3. “Don’t act superior” (1949)

This kinda goes along with #2, but it needs to have its own voice. No one wants to go out with somebody who makes them feel worthless, how is that healthy? But at the same time, you shouldn’t tell a girl to be somebody she’s not. NEVER DUMB YOURSELF DOWN FOR A BOY!!! Don’t have your nose stuck up in the air, but don’t settle either. I cannot stress this enough.

4. “Never wear earrings” (1912)

I don’t even know what to say to this one. Apparently I’ve been uncivilized from the start because my ears have been pierced since I was 3 months old. I feel so dirty.

5. “Don’t get engaged after dark” (1901)

Even Pete failed at this one. I’m not sure why it was such a bad thing. Personally, I think it would be romantic to be proposed to by moonlight, but I also wear earrings…so you can’t trust me.

6. “Be a Responder, not a Hunter. Hunters are men. You are not a man.” (1995)

First of all, I do not like how this illustrates men as hunters of women. We are not animals you track in the wilderness, and take back to your cave after knocking us over the head with a club or something. We are ladies. Treat us as such. Second of all, Women should be able to express interest in a man without seeming too forward or desperate. It’s 2014 people.

7. “One guy isn’t enough” (1970s)

Straight out of “Sex and the City,” this nugget of wisdom assures us that not every girl is the exclusive dating type. You’re young and don’t want to settle down, so you date a couple of guys at once to figure out what you want. I don’t agree with it, but I try to understand it. I just think that if that’s the case, then you should at least let the guy(s) know where you stand so you don’t string him / them along.

8. Don’t drink and date (Present)

This one actually comes from someone I know personally and thought it was too great not to add to the list. Obviously alcohol acts as a social lubricant and can make the most awkward person loosen up and feel more comfortable. But on a first date, it’s not a great idea to get carried away with the liquid courage. Stick to Sprite folks!

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