Saturday, January 16, 2010

Page Peterson's "How to Hold Your Man"


Page Peterson of Page Peterson's Do's and Dont's of Dating not only appeared in Young Romance, but in Secret Hearts as well. Page was also not just constrained to the sequential format as we saw last time, but occasionally took a more traditional column approach. This sage advice is from Secret Hearts #151 (April 1971).


Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Remember Page's advice!

8 comments:

  1. Where can I meet a Girl who is drawn closer to me by a Hot Dog ? Nice blend of modern with traditional advice, here. So happy that Page let the cat out of the bag (A confession ! Doesn't she know real MEN read her mags ?) by revealing that Women also think of Men as property, at times; as something they possess... The best advice was just to LISTEN, which only comes, of course, if there is real interest to begin with.

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  2. Jacque: I can't help but think this column was written by some male staffer, particularly the "Don't make him ashamed of you" part. Don't laugh to much, don't drink too much, don't show off, don't wear your hair too fancy - or else your man will be "saddled" with your presence and you will shame him. Jeez - the other advice, too, is a tad subservient. Just listen to his troubles, never seeming bored, and for heavens' sake don't be depressed around your boyfriend or give him a sad sack face - that will "turn him off."

    So remember gals, keep your mouth shut, don't do anything that will make you stand out, and pick up the tab yourself. Oh, and also -- always smile and never ask your boyfriend where he's been.

    Every piece of advice seems geared to making yourself plyable. Perhaps I am too serious today. -- Mykal

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  3. I think you're being too hard on Page, Mykal. Read the column again, but switch the roles; imagine it's advice to a guy on how to keep his girlfriend. Is there anything in there that doesn't fit? Well, maybe the money part would be a bit confusing, and the bit about not laughing too loud (for some reason, male leads in romances do that a lot), but aside from that I'd say it's pretty sound advice for either gender.

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  4. Pat: Ooooohh, good one! I See what you mean! -- Mykal

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  5. Lysdexicuss: Yes, listening is some of the best advice. There is nothing more annoying when someone is like half-listening, half-on another planet. Hopefully though if one is in a relationship, they are interested in what you have to say, like you said.

    Mykal and Pat: I have to agree with Pat on this one. I think it is useful advice for both the guys and the ladies out there. Back in the day ('40s and '50s) dating was more about supply and demand, and so girls were accustomed to requiring expensive outings -- putting a ton of strain on guys. See Beth Bailey's book "From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America" for a detailed run-down of the economics of dating. I also see Page's point about being a sad sack, but that goes for anyone, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, etc. Sadness over events, situations, etc. are one thing, but prolonged bitterness and inaction just scream "Negative Nelly!" :)

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  6. Yeah, I was feeling ornery today. -- Mykal

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  7. If the advice seems bad, remember that holding your man and being happy are two different things.

    --Marshall

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  8. That is something to think of, Marshall. Hopefully one can do both!

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