As dating gradually became more about personal pleasure throughout the decades, the expression of sexuality became much more commonplace.According to the , "The terms 'necking' and 'petting' — the former referring to kisses and caresses above the neck, the latter to the same below it — entered public discussion, giving names to previously unspoken private activities." Now when we think of the '50s, we tend to think of a period of purity and the Stepford Wife ideal, but in actuality, it was a time of sexual change that ended up resulting in a dramatic increase in population.As the years rolled on into the 1920s, however, this system quickly became outdated and unfavorable. Bailey writes in her book , "Dating had almost completely replaced the old system of calling by the mid-1920s — and, in so doing, had transformed American courtship." This was a period of time when couples started going out on dates, which also meant they started paying for dates.This changed the relationship dynamic between a young man and a young woman, as now it was the man's duty to pay for the date, whereas before it was the woman who decided the terms of the visit.In the 1950s, "going steady" was the term for being in an exclusive relationship.
For a long time, sex was either not discussed or seen as a kind of enemy — a destroyer of young girl's reputations.
As a result, the purpose of dating was primarily to have fun, not to find a marriage partner.
However, couples would form after several dates if they were interested in having more exclusive relationships." This starts to resemble what we would now conceive of as modern dating, and the ritual of courtship was left in the dust.
But each era of dating in the past century was not without its pros, its cons, and its own set of unspoken rules.
From the turn of the 20th century, to the present day, romantic relationships have been an evolving part of culture, just like everything else.
In the earlier part of the 20th century, sex and sexuality were not openly discussed.