1950s american dating culture
You were not allowed to simply waltz into a store and buy as much sugar, butter or meat as you like.You also couldn’t fill up your gas tank whenever you wanted. But after the war, everyone’s spirits focused once again on extravagance and pop culture.The word "teen-ager" was newly coined at this time.With the increased teen presence came disapproval, as marginalization and indifference turned into active condemnation of teenagers by parents and local authorities.
● There was alarm about teens dating and "heavy petting." Any talk about sex was taboo and could be punishable. "The The older generations were especially worried about "juvenile delinquency." In the 1950s, this didn't mean dealing in street drugs or drive-by shootings, but rather chewing gum in class, souping up a hot rod and talking back to parents.Many items we take for granted today were rationed, meaning you could only buy the amount the government allowed. Movies were pumped out, fashion changed drastically and sports got all of their athletes back.In some cases, rationing was the only way to ensure that all citizens get access to things needed for survival. Post WWII, cars started becoming very big and luxurious. Teens were marginalized by the adults, who didn't want to be bothered with the very different values of teenagers.There were a few television shows aimed at young children, nothing for teenagers, and nothing on the radio speaking to teen life. Then the teens started to hear music about their world — songs about high school sweethearts, wild parties and fast cars, sung by other teens.