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Real Advice From The 1950s On Finding A Husband: Tip 3

In 2012, the invention of Tinder changed the landscape of love, dating, and relationships as we know it. Gone are the days where flirting required real-life, face-to-face interaction and welcome to the age of virtual romance, where your next hook up is only one swipe away. As a woman who uses dating apps, it's easy to feel like a small disposable fish in an endlessly big pond of younger, better looking and more heavily photoshopped fish. I often wonder if courtship was really that much easier before online dating took over, or has the struggle to find good-quality men been one that women have faced since the dawn of time? 

It seems so; a magazine article titled '129 Ways to Get a Husband' was discovered in a 1958 edition of American magazine McCall's. In what seems to be an attempt to help its readers find a husband, it lists 129 bizarre, sexist and possibly politically incorrect tips to point them in the right direction. I've decided to look into each one to see if they would work today and whether or not things have really changed all that much over the past 62 years when it comes to dating. Welcome to your weekly tip on 'How To Find A Husband: 1950s Style'. Here's Tip #3. 

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    The 1958 edition of American magazine McCall’s, featuring '129 Ways to Get a Husband'

    Cat - 1 Get a dog and walk it 2 Heve yoer car berak dun al stestegie places * Atred pilt h take cones men 4 Join a haing club E Lock in the cesas repieta fur places with the nt sle tle vem. Nevala ha 12 alns for every 100 lemales. 6 Kend the edituaries te fand etigible widuwens - Take up gild and an t dieet golf coores R Take veral hot veations at dileres ps raiber than one long ene at ee lace 9 Sit ona pak benh aud fevil the piare MeCalls pping yeur piet 123 Ak yeur ardees 124 Make ant are eay
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    That's a lot of ways! Arguably too many. But beggars can't be choosers, so let's take a look at Tip #3...


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    Tip #3 Attend night school — take courses men like.

    Font - 19504 dating advice 129 WAYS TO GET A HUSBAND #3 ATTEND NIGHT SCHOOL TAKE COURSES MEN LIKE.
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    This is a great piece of advice because of its premise that the only reason anyone goes to night school is to meet someone, is spot on. Equally, its assumption that women's further education is pointless really sets the scene for a good ol' anti-feminist agenda. We're off to a great start. Let's take a deeper look...


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    Why do people attend night school?

    Facial expression - homewor hoply 87 I AM THE SMARTEST EC
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    Night school classes are mostly designed with the working professional in mind. Picture the scene: a room full of eligible young men who are looking to further their education. Aka, every young woman's dream. Right?


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    It's simple, really!

    Arch - BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO SCHOOL. TO PROVE TO DAD I'M NOTA FOOL.
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    Right. If you were ever wondering where to find a bunch of educated or almost-educated men in one room, night school is the place to go. And better yet, now that you have a secret agenda as to why you're there, it's basically the perfect crime. You're welcome!


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    So how does it work?

    Skin - WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL, DIDN'T DO GREAT
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    So you've enrolled yourself in night school — not to further your own education, which obviously becomes useless once you're married — but to find someone who is. Now let's talk about practicalities. The tip says to "take courses men like". Um, what?


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    What are "courses men like"?

    Hair - MEN'S RIGHTS
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    Everyone knows that men are much better than women at topics that involve the use of the brain. Not irrelevant vocational courses like beauty, cosmetics or tailoring, but real topics such as business, science, technology, and engineering. But if a woman enrolled in a course such as these, it could blow your cover...


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    GAME OVER!

    What's her profession? fyeahmm
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    If a woman enrolls herself into a "manly" course, then surely, the men will think something is suspicious? After all, what self-respecting man will want to marry a woman who is interested in business, science, technology, or engineering? None, is the answer!


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    Play it to your advantage

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    On the flip side, it could give you the upper hand. If you, a woman, enroll in a course that is made up predominantly of men, then you are in high demand. You have instantly become a hot commodity. Well done!


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    Be strategic...

    Blond - Educate yourself.
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    It's all about how cool you play it. Don't approach any man in the first few nights. Instead, scope the room and work out who your best bet is. I would recommend going for the smartest man, but not necessarily the geekiest. A hot nerd if you know what I mean.


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    Great opportunity for 'mansplaining'

    Photography - MANSPLAIN AWAY SIR
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    Asking for help with some homework is a great way to get talking to someone and also gives your potential future husband a chance to do some good quality mansplaining.


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    Ultimately, you come out a winner

    Hair - Your man is:an:educated man!
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    Finding a husband at night school means that you'll never have to doubt whether he is educated or driven. But not only that; in your pursuit of a man, you might even come out the other end with a little bit of an education yourself! Look at that! Two birds, one stone!


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    Just kidding. This is a ridiculous tip.

    Hair - PM GONNA DO T. I'M GONNA GO TO COLLEGE
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    In all seriousness, tip #3 seems total and utter BS. Want to go to night school and further your education? That's great, but do it for yourself. Women have fought too hard and long to receive equal rights in access to education to put up with this sort of nonsense. Take whatever course you like and excel at it! Those of you single gals out there who want to find a husband - night school might just be the place it happens! But only if the universe wants it to be... not because you're forcing it. Tune in next time for Tip #4...


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