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Marital Advice from 1952

The summer 1952 edition of Modern Bride has some lovely gowns and cookware, and in those days, they also pretended that such catalogs of ads were magazines with helpful articles. Among the descriptions of fashionable wedding colors, there was advice for brides, and women who want to be brides one day. For example, if you want to find a man, do not fail to downplay your own intelligence.

The average man marries a woman who is slightly less intelligent than he is. That's why many brilliant women never marry. They do not come in contact with sufficiently brilliant men, or fail to disguise their brilliance in order to win a man of somewhat less intelligence. College males tell us that they want a girl for a wife who is intelligent but makes them feel they are still more intelligent!

And don’t fall for an emotional guy.

A girl should be wary of selecting a mate who is very emotional. Such a person thrives on 'thrills' and may be much too interested in sex. Not uncommonly he works in some job like radio or the movies where he hopes to find glamour and excitement.

Heaven forbid you should marry someone who is too interested in sex! I once married a radio deejay and it did not work out. But we were doubly cursed, because he married one, too. Read more from the issue at Jezebel.


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