Long before there was sexting and casual encounters, there was "courting" and "dating." This may have worked for women 50 years ago, but today women are gaining more independence and searching for more equality in their relationships.
Sure, your mom may be convinced those old-fashioned dating rituals work, but the world of contemporary dating is telling us it's time to welcome new rules of engagement and say goodbye to old-fashioned customs. Here are five old-fashioned rituals we are glad to see go.
The dreaded wait. "Don't text him — wait three days before calling him." We've all heard it before and we've probably all done it before. Well, good news — we're happy to announce that this dating ritual is done. If you have a great first date, don't be afraid to send him a text the next day to let him know.
It used to be that being intimate with someone too soon would disqualify you from being considered girlfriend material. But not anymore. Today, women are more comfortable than ever with their sexualities and more willing to experiment in the bedroom before being in a relationship or making a serious commitment.
Women have come a long way since the '50s. While women once were required to stay home, today they are allowed to work and earn their own money, making them the breadwinners in their relationships in many cases. It's all about 50/50 and setting the tone that you're an equal partner.
Long before the days of cell phones and social networking sites, men would ask women to "go steady," whereby a woman would wear her boyfriend's club pin to express their exclusivity. Today, women no longer wear pins — and in many cases they make the first move, asking the man out.
Age ain't nothing but a number... right? Dating a younger man can make a woman feel empowered and more confident with herself. While it hasn't always been accepted, we have started to see more and more women gravitate toward much younger members of the opposite sex.
Remember: As we say goodbye to some outdated dating rules and rituals, we welcome some new ones. Whether you are looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, here are some of our favorites:
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