Women dating 1960s

Sites like Ok Cupid perform a similar service now, only with more pictures, interactivity, and complexity.But in the 1960s, what was known as "computer dating" involved no Internet and often few to no visuals.Case in point: Though Ann Landers (real name Eppie Lederer) would have plenty of time to update her views throughout her half-century career, her 1961 book excerpted in LIFE magazine for the benefit of curious teens and fretful parents—took such a firm stance on teenage lust that it could read as parody today.Landers’ attitudes toward expressions of young love—most of which fell into the categories of "necking" and "petting" (the latter of which was, in her view, a slippery slope to sex itself)—focused much attention on girls' reputations and respectability, and might today be criticized as “slut-shaming.” That she directed her advice largely to young women (“because girls get pregnant”) reflected, and perhaps contributed to, a culture in which the responsibility for the possible outcomes of sexual activity rested largely on women.Koota asked a grand jury to consider whether it was a crime to invite students to "Pick 'em cuter by computer": "The potential danger to physical safety and morals is clear.Some control is essential to prevent criminals, racketeers and sex deviates from this profitable field." Today, is the largest dating site in the world, with an estimated 20 million members.

When the topic on which you’re dispensing advice is sex, that risk is magnified exponentially.Computers did exist in the '60s, in some form -- not personal computers, but computers nonetheless.These machines could crunch the numbers on our personalities and spit out intimate matches.The process was simple, they posted in neighboring colleges an ad, “If you are interested in trying something new, send and have a shot at finding true love.” And people did, filling out a questionnaire twice, once for them and once for their ideal date.Questions ranged from “What’s your religion and grade point average” to “Do you believe in a God who answers prayer” and “How important is it that your date shares your attitudes towards sex?

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