When calling was practiced, the female in the relationship held most of the power because men came to see house with her parents present.
In the fifties and surrounding decades, handbooks and other books exploring relationships described dating as a fun activity in which teens are allowed to meet and mingle with many members of the opposite sex.
After the second World War, teenagers became much more noticeable in America (Bailey 47).
Their presence and existence became readily more apparent because they were granted more freedom than previous generations ever were. They were given a chance to redefine the ways things were done in America.
After all, most children know about dating long before they are actually ready to participate in it (Merrill 61).
COURTING IN THE 1950's During the 1950's, it was common knowledge, at least to girls, that there was a process to the whole courtship ritual -- that there were stages to a lasting relationship.