Dating practices 1960

The word dramatic is overused, but a jump from 32 million single people to 105 million of us is truly dramatic.

#3 On New Year's Day in 1960, the birth control method that became so popular that it is known simply as "The Pill," was not yet available. Still, it took until 1972 and a Supreme Court decision in order to make the pill widely and legally available to single women.

The decade earned it with sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and big-time advances in civil rights, women's rights, and more. Here are just a few of the ways that life in 1960 was stunningly different – and by that I mean far worse – than it is today.

#1 In the ways they were viewed by others, single people were savaged.

By 2012, 22 out of every 100 kids lived with a single mom, and only half of those moms had ever been married. If you aren't living in with a mommy and daddy who are married then society would like you to believe something is wrong with you.This unusual courtship ritual had a standard format.Step one: invite your date home to meet your parents.Looking back, Americans credit—or blame—the pill with unleashing the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.The pill is widely believed to have loosened sexual mores, including the double standard that sanctioned premarital sex for men but not for women.#4 This is what life was like for women in their early 30s in 1960: nearly 80 percent of them did lived in a family in which the parents were married, the dad worked, and the mom stayed home. But seeing the rise of broken families with children growing up with one parent as a sign of progress isn't a logical conclusion.


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