When she wore it on her right ankle, she indicated she was single and ready to go steady. He was expected to make plans two or three days in advance. “Neither boy nor girl could date anyone else or pay too much attention to anyone of the opposite sex.” It wasn’t appropriate for another guy to hover near a girl’s locker before class or for a guy to sit across from another girl at lunch.
In some sense, going steady was practice for marriage.
“At its center was a desire for security–in the form of ‘going steady.'” We no longer use “going steady” in dating language today, but it was the prevalent form of dating in the 1950s. A guy gave his girlfriend a “‘visible token’ (class ring, letter sweater, etc.) or they exchanged identical tokens, often gold or silver friendship rings worn on the third finger of the left hand” when they were ready to go steady.
The purpose was to publicly declare their relationship and commitment. “Other steadies spelled out their names on the bumpers of their boyfriends’ car.” Some girls would wear a “Puppy Love Anklet.” When she wore it on her left ankle, it meant she was committed. In a pinning ceremony, “a fraternity member gives his fraternity pin to a woman in a sorority, symbolizing that he values his girlfriend more than his house.” This symbolizes a high form of commitment, and some might see it as a pre-engagement gesture. In steady dating, “the boy had to call the girl a certain number of times a week and take her on a certain number of dates a week.” He might take her to the pizza parlor, a malt shop, the record store, or the drive-in movie theater. It wasn’t appropriate for a guy to ask a girl on the day of the date.
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