"Come to a sleepover. Bring your mom's Pretty Woman video and a coin."
March 14, 2006 11:07 PM Subscribe
I started thinking about what I guess you'd call "Urban Legend Rules of Thumb", The kind of stuff people (especially teenagers) make up and pass on to answer nagging questions like "How can I tell if my boobs are saggy?" and "How big can an age difference in a relationship be before it's creepy?". I'd like to hear some more.
posted by crabintheocean to Grab Bag (51 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
When I was in high school, this kind of stuff was absolutely authoritative and inarguable. You weren't supposed to be able to hold a coin between your thighs when your knees were pressed together, and you had to have had three (3) sexual partners. These were the rules about what was normal and ok, neatly packaged. I'm sure there are a million more. Where do they come from? Do they change over time, or from place to place? Tell me one, and tell me where and when you learned it.
The answers to the dilemmas above are:
You should not be able to hold a coin under a boob (but this one is contradictory, it was also said that you could tell if you were ready for a bra with this test - and what's with all the coins? and what kind of coin?).
You should not date someone younger than half your age plus seven. Therefore an 18 year old may not date anyone younger than 16, or a 30 year old anyone younger than 22.