But where did the “man asking the woman out and paying the dinner bill” idea come from?
Well, even though more women had jobs in the very late 19th century, men were still earning a lot more money than women.
I was unfortunate in the circumstances to witness such an arrangement for my eldest sister several years ago.
This process, extremely complicated, yet necessary, created much tension between my noble family and the royal family of England.
I remember a few girls who went out with as many as three of my friends without anyone thinking that they—or the men they dated—were behaving improperly.
Back in those days—before computers, or portable phones, or, even, electric typewriters—the rules were different.
Courtship also typically happened in private spaces and was supervised by parents or other authority figures.(Of course, I go back a long way, to a time when there were streetcars going up and down Broadway.I could buy a milkshake for a All the telephones were black.) It was common, around that time, for men and women to meet at parties or at dances.The kind of dances performed then required holding each other, which put those of us who were shy at a disadvantage.Otherwise, a fellow and a girl would be “fixed up” on a blind date by a mutual friend.