And should the relationship move on, as they often do, it would move into the ubiquitous "going steady" stage (Mc Ginnis 74).GOING STEADY This concept of "going steady" took on a new meaning in the fifties.Before the war, "going steady" was a stage young people took only if they were seriously on the path to marriage; however, after the war, the phrase was used more loosely.
She then is given the option of accepting his call by letting him in or rejecting it by making up an excuse as to why she cannot see him.
Refreshments were often served (though not always), and the entertainment was primarily piano playing in the parlor.
Besides, dating allowed young people to be with each other without their parents interfering.
Secondly, the control of the relationship changed hands as the transition was made.
Images like these are so classic, they, for a number of people, are "as American as apple pie." They are produced and perpetuated by the media, through films like .
Because of these entertainment forums, these images will continue to be a pop cultural symbol of the 1950's.
Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.
Calling and dating are so intrinsically different it is hard to imagine how the transition from one to another was even made.