1958 Magazine Article on “129 Ways to Have a Husband” Shows How The World Has Changed
We’ve come a long way from the days of courting, exchanging secret love notes, and other secretive gestures of chasing someone. There are still explicit and unspoken rules when it comes to dating today, but more and more people are coming to terms with being alone. Not everyone’s goal is to get married at 23 and start a family as soon as possible. Especially women, who have moved away from the institution of marriage. In the 1950s, however, this was not an option that many women had, especially if they wanted to be accepted by society.
To meet the demands of the time, a women’s magazine curated a long list of ways women of marriageable age could find husbands. Kim Marx-Kuczynski, a resident of Wisconsin found this vintage magazine issue and bought it for a dollar. She took to Facebook to share the gem and wrote in an article: “I bought a 1958 McCall’s magazine because the cover featured an article titled“ 129 Ways to Get a Husband ”and it didn’t. not disappointed. The whole list is littered with WTF but my favorite (# 40) has made me laugh at random since I read it three days ago. “
If there’s one thing we learn after going through the list, it’s that we have indeed come a long way as a company. Or maybe not. “It’s outdated, absurd and funny, but he had serious intentions,” Kim told Bored Panda. “Society has changed so much over the past sixty years, and this article illustrates the differences between what our mothers and grandmothers grew up with compared to ourselves and generations to come. It’s fascinating. ”The list includes ridiculous suggestions like Kim’s favorite, # 40, which suggested that women should“ stand in a corner and cry softly ”to attract the attention of passing men who will come by and find out. who does not go.
The list was curated by a panel of 16 experts who used techniques that helped come up with business ideas and applied them to love. Other ways to have a husband, according to the magazine, include number 30 which read: Learn to paint. Set up an easel outside an engineering school. The infamous, dropping a handkerchief was also on the list. Another on similar lines is # 47 “By Accident”, open your purse, scattering its contents all over the street. # 33 just said: Bring a hat box. They even suggested that women consult the obituaries to find eligible widowers. Most of the tips were downright sexist, and they even include tips on “how to be good for him” and “how to let him know you’re there”.
“I think if someone is actively looking for a life partner just to get married, they will end up in a failed relationship whether or not they legally break it up,” Kim said and added. “I would love to read about someone’s attempts to try everything on the list. They would either end up with a degree from Yale, in federal prison for boarding a military ship, or in an intervention meeting with friends very concerned about their recent dating profile choices.
The post has gone viral and has been liked over 6.2,000 times and shared over 17,000 times. Facebook user Katewin Peterson commented: I LOVE 58 – get sunburned. What does this have to do with having a husband? Kim responded and explained: the best (and only) explanation I’ve heard for this one is that the pink / red skin was attractive because it showed you have some free time. The only other thing I can think of is giving yourself a wound for “pitying attention.” WWWWWW.
Joy Ballinger commented: This is the BS I lived under when I was a kid. I NEVER liked the idea of manipulating anyone, so dishonest and scary, although I’m sure I probably did. My mom used to tell me that it was easier to catch flies with honey than with vinegar (if I was in the mood). I always wanted to ask him who wants to attract flies, LOL? Be careful, I didn’t say it, I wanted to keep my teeth!