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Going Steady: Permissiveness, Petting, and Premarital Sex in the 1950s

Amanda H. Littauer

in Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469623788
eISBN:
9781469625195
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623788.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter focuses on a selection of teen couples in the 1950s, who were “going steady” and experimented in intense and intimate sexual acts, including premarital intercourse. Going steady—a ... More


Sexism and the Smart Girl

Shauna Pomerantz and Rebecca Raby

in Smart Girls: Success, School, and the Myth of Post-Feminism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520284142
eISBN:
9780520959798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284142.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

In this chapter, we explore the tension between girls’ assumptions of gender equality and the sexism they (or we) identified. When girls did not see sexism in their lives, it sometimes created ... More


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