August 17, 2018

Winnipeg
26° C, Sunny

Full Forecast

Special air quality statement in effect

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Age-old advice:

We mine the Free Press archives for advice that still applies today (...or doesn’t)

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 2/11/2017 (288 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

From Sincerely, Edan Wright, published June 16, 1959.

Dear Edan Wright: I am a fellow who wants to ask you a question that I have often asked myself: Aren’t the girls of today acting very low-down?”

You’ve had letters from girls who bemoan the fact that they can’t find a nice boy. But I don’t believe they want to.

I think I’m a nice guy. I have never been fresh with a girl. Sure I kiss them after we’ve been out several times. I’ve even tried to do it on the first date. But I’ve found that what they really want is a bold boy who would just start in necking and petting as if he owned them.

Get the full story.
No credit card required. Cancel anytime.

Join free for 60 days

After that, pay as little as $0.99 per month for the best local news coverage in Manitoba.

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Join free for 60 days

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 60 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Mon to Sat Delivery

Pay

$34.36

per month

  • Includes all benefits of All Access Digital
  • 6-day delivery of our award-winning newspaper
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 2/11/2017 (288 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

From Sincerely, Edan Wright, published June 16, 1959.

Dear Edan Wright: I am a fellow who wants to ask you a question that I have often asked myself: Aren’t the girls of today acting very low-down?"

You’ve had letters from girls who bemoan the fact that they can’t find a nice boy. But I don’t believe they want to.

"There's no more luxurious flying in the world than a Western Airlines Champagne Flight -- with reserved seats, vintage champagne, filet mignon or roast squab, and orchids for the ladies -- all at no extra fare," reads this ad from June 16, 1959.</p>

"There's no more luxurious flying in the world than a Western Airlines Champagne Flight -- with reserved seats, vintage champagne, filet mignon or roast squab, and orchids for the ladies -- all at no extra fare," reads this ad from June 16, 1959.

I think I’m a nice guy. I have never been fresh with a girl. Sure I kiss them after we’ve been out several times.  I’ve even tried to do it on the first date. But I’ve found that what they really want is a bold boy who would just start in necking and petting as if he owned them.

Has the modern girl become a tramp? I’m a fellow who is considered to be good-looking so I even meet the physical standard that most girls seem to follow in judging a boy. –One who is worried about today’s girls

Dear Worried: There are just as many girls who are bewildered about fellows. But you nice boys and girls can find each other if you really want what you say you are looking for.

The answer is to stop dating the tramps – female or male – and start to look for companions who measure up to your ideals.

 

Dear Edan Wright: I’m an 18-year-old girl who is in love with a fellow of 22.  The feeling isn’t mutual. I’m only hoping it will be some time.

The problem is that he doesn’t date me very often. I believe in being a nice girl and I think that’s the trouble because the other girls he dates have bad reputations.

When we do go out, he says things that make me feel a little important to him.

Do you think that when he comes to make a choice in a wife, it’s likely to be me? –Confused

Dear Confused: I can assure you that when a fellow decides to marry, he wants a girl with high morals. And nobody is more fussy about this than a guy who has been playing fast and loose.

You’re the nice girl in your dreamboat’s life so there’s every change he would pick you. In any case, don’t lower yourself for him or anybody else.

He’s the one who needs to change and it might help to plant the idea that he’ll be choosy about a wife4 when he gets ready to marry and he shouldn’t forget that a girl likes to be just as particular about getting a husband who is decent. 

And that’s something you should consider, dear.

 

Dear Edan Wright: I’m a 13-year-old girl who is going steady with a terrific guy. However, I don’t want to continue.

I still like him but he is possessive and he makes displays of his affection in public. He doesn’t seem to realize that school and parties are not the proper places to demonstrate one’s feelings.

Moreover, I have decided that I would like to go out with other boys.

If we broke up, I would still like to date him. But his feelings are hurt very easily, so I don’t think that would be possible. 

How can I split up with him in a nice way? – A heel but not really

Dear Heel: There’s no reason for you to feel that you’re a heel. A possessive person is selfish and if this boy wanted "out" he wouldn’t hesitate a second to call it quits. He wouldn’t even stop to think of your feelings.

Be prepared to meet resentment and don’t be upset by it. This is a part of his selfishness. He wants to do as he pleases, but doesn’t believe anyone else should have the same privilege.

I think you should tell him not only that you want to go out with other boys but why you’re dissatisfied with him.  It may help him change.

 

Dear Edan Wright: I’m a young teen who likes a boy who refuses to come to my house to meet my parents.  Mother said that she won’t let me go out with him until he does. How can I convince him? –T.M.

Dear T: Explain that a girl who thinks anything of herself or a boy wants her folks to get acquainted with him.  Say that your folks are nice. They aren’t going to eat him. They just expect him to do what’s proper.

Then tell him plainly that until he does what’s right you can’t go out with him.

 

Dear Miss Wright: I have been going with a certain boy for quite a while and just the other week I discovered that he’s been dating other girls.

He apologized when he realized that I had found out. He said that he loved me and the only reason he went out with the other girls was to see what he could get from them because he knew he couldn’t with me.

What should I do about him? –A fed-up fool

Dear Fool: I’m just going to remind you that you should demand the same standard from a boyfriend that he expects in you. And that love and respect are based on this standard.

 

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.