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7 Tips for Keeping Your Man, Courtesy of the 1950s

From how you cook your meals to what color underwear you should wear, this roundup of relationship books from the 1950s has got you covered.

Just as you would expect, the authors of all the books are men. I would be interested to see if relationship books existed back then that were either written by women or targeted to men. I have my doubts there were many of either kind - and if there were any targeted to men, they would likely be "You Can Train Your Wife Too" by Dr. Reverend Marcus Plainwater.


One of my favorite quotes in this article, from Dr. William Josephus Robinson, in an unnamed book that I'm fairly certain wasn't written in the 50s since he died in the 30s, is the following:

It is to be borne in mind that it is particularly older girls—girls between thirty and fifty—who are apt to be unreasonable in their demands when they get married; but no age is exempt; sexual vampires may be found among girls of twenty as well as among women of sixty and over.

A few things that make me love this quote: first of all, apparently you could become a woman sometime between the ages of 50 and 60 (also, 30 is described as "older"). If you're between 30 and 50, you're still a girl, but if you're 60 and over, you're a woman. Second of all, this is specifically in response to women wanting too much sex, which, as we all know, never happens because women hate sex and everything to do with it. Third of all, I am of the firm belief that if you can't use a semicolon correctly, you shouldn't use them at all. Dr. Robinson, you are hereby banned from semicolon usage.

Click through for some more amazing quotes, including the aforementioned underwear color and a literal comparison of women to slabs of meat.


Mental Floss - 7 Tips for Keeping Your Man (from the 1950s)

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