Colonial dating and courtship

The shift was profound, in that calling was all about meeting with one’s future spouse in a proper domestic (or church-sponsored) setting, and dating was all about having fun in public venues with someone of the opposite sex.

It was a kind of Berlin Wall marking his side and hers, with the very clear understanding that there was to be no physical activity of any kind between them.

The experience was intended to promote emotional, not physical, intimacy.

The couple were expected to talk freely the entire night in a type of extended get acquainted session.

If he was suitable, it was then her decision whether she wanted to spend the night with him in bed.

It’s important to understand the woman had the final say in this.

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When you think of New England’s Puritan founders, the word “strict” leaps to mind. The Puritans didn’t fool around when it came to Fooling Around. Bundling has nothing to do with those annoying Progressive Insurance commercials you see every 15 minutes on TV, where bug-eyed saleswoman Flo hawks the savings to be had by “bundling” various insurance products into one package.

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