I was looking for a birth announcement for a research request this morning on microfilm in the April 13, 1958 issue of the Virginian Pilot. I like doing this kind of research because it is interesting to peruse old newspapers. I love the kitschy ads. It is also interesting to see what was politically correct back then. For example, the newspaper had a separate section for "Colored News."
One thing that made me shake my head was this question asked of Ann Landers on page 8E:
Dear Ann: I'm a girl, 17, no great beauty, but I do have an unusually good figure. I can't help it, Ann, it's all me. My boy friend in threatening to break up over it.
No matter where we go, fellows whistle and make rude remarks. My boy friend says he's just not going to put up with it. Is it my fault if I attract attention? I don't wear red, or sexy clothes and I never answer any of the wise-cracks.
Please help me. This boy is president of the Honor Society and I don't want to lose him. –CRITICAL CASE
And the answer:
Girls who attract wolf whistles and fresh remarks usualy invite them in some way. It may be completely subconscious on your part–so watch it.
How is your posture? Are you over-doing a good thing? Perhaps your sweater isn't red, but it could be too tight. Maybe you've been rinsing your sweaters in hot water and they've shrunk!
Regardless of her natural endowments, a young lady who walks, dresses and behaves properly will not be misunderstood.
Oh, I see… She was asking for it, right? Sounds to me like her boyfriend is a dick. Poor thing.