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Courtship/Marriage in the U.S. during Victorian Era

Do you know of any websites, textbooks, regular books, podcasts, magazine articles, movie clips, etc, having to do with the multitude of rules that couples during the Victorian era were subjected to? Have to be at least somewhat credible. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Feb 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Should guys stay alone in their unsuccessful social situations?

Relatively unfriendly guy, exceedingly caring and friendly with good-looking girl. Help me understand this social behavior -- and should I do anything? [more inside]
posted by knz on May 22, 2010 - 21 answers

Awkward Girl tribulations

I'm a queer girl who would like to ask another queer girl out on a date. I have never done this before. How do I do this without being stupid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 - 12 answers

Say Anything!

Have you ever performed a romantic-comedy-type grand gesture to win over a woman in real-life? If so, what was it and what were you thinking as you were planning/executing? [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Feb 19, 2010 - 33 answers

Dating, marriage and the whole "league" thing.

Is this girl "out of my league"? I met an attractive (in every sense) girl recently, and we have a lot in common - except earning potential (and maybe to some extent family/social background). [more inside]
posted by KMH on Oct 27, 2009 - 80 answers

When was this book written?

I recently bought a paperback book from an antique shop. The book's called The Mystery of Love, Courtship and Marriage Explained, and it was written by Henry J. Wehman, published by Wehman Bros. But there's no copyright date! Anywhere! In any form! The cover looks like it's a "newer" edition (1920's or so) of an older writing, since the writing uses language and refers to customs that seem outdated even for the early 20th century. There are details such as proper flirting with your parasol, the inappropriateness of women's rights meetings, marrying outside of your social class, calling your husband "Mister" instead of his first name, etc. The word "hugging" (not the act itself) is even called a vulgarity. So, it's old. But how old? How can I find out when this was actually written? Google turns up nada. [more inside]
posted by katillathehun on Oct 2, 2007 - 13 answers

How can I diffuse my predilection for long-term relationships in order to make the most of things short-term?

Is it possible to recalibrate my thinking/expectations to accept the circumstances of casual dating? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird on Feb 28, 2007 - 18 answers

Victorian courtship

How can I find out what dating/courtship was really like in upper-class Victorian England? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 24, 2006 - 11 answers

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