How many times were you told, “No one likes a Chatty Kathy”? The idea behind the saying is that if a woman were too talkative, she would be seen as less endearing. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this is not the strangest piece of dating advice that was offered once upon a time.
For a recent Vanity Fair piece actress Kate Beckinsale had the opportunity to read a selection of dating do’s and don’ts from the 1800s. Including “Once a couple is introduced, families set out a courting candle, which allows the man and woman to talk until it burns below a certain level”. This advice was, of course, before the era of speed dating. You can see the other 1800s dating tips in the full video below:
Most of the rules are extremely out of date, however even if we travel 100 years from that point, a 1938 Click Parade article, as published in the UK’s Daily Mail, shares drinking etiquette, instructions on how to sit, what topics are off limits, and even what underwear to wear.
There is also some advice on the proper restaurant etiquette such as “Don’t be familiar with the headwaiter talking about the fun you had with someone else another time. Men deserve, desire your entire attention”. This advice, while cringe-worthy by today’s standards, did have one piece of advice that should stay true no matter the period.
“The last straw is to pass out from too much liquor. Chances are your date will never call you again”. Still sound advice for anybody that is dating.