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Dodging the Marriage Bullet

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How to Avoid Matrimony
Froy
1957

Okay all you rogue males, you don’t want to be trapped by the ladies looking for marriage. This guy has you covered with some interesting advice so you can avoid having the life sucked out of you by some airhead or harpy out to trap you into marriage.

Naturally you can’t be going with out feminine companionship, but you want to avoid certain kinds of women.  For example: girls with boring factory jobs, because they have boring factory jobs; divorced women because they are kind of desperate; foreign girls, girls with pushy mothers, etc. Be vigilant!

Best part: all the charts and illustrations so you really can visualize your bachelor strategies.

Time for me to round up some rogue males,

Mary

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Marriage Hygiene from Olden Times

Marriage Hygiene - cover

The Hygiene of Marriage
Everett
1942 (second edition)
1932 (original copyright)

This is an example of a pretty forward thinking marriage manual.  This book is mostly about sex.  In many ways, this particular book is more open minded than many later books from the  1950s. The most interesting part is the discussion of birth control. Not only does the author discuss methods, but also details the health reasons for women, especially poor women, to control family size.

There is also a thorough discussion of the Comstock Act and the efforts of Margaret Sanger.  The author also takes lawmakers to task for making this information difficult for single women to obtain. I am sure if Everett were alive today, she would be dissapointed in the lack of progress in women’s health concerns.

Given the condition of the edition I looked at, I would imagine this was passed around quite a bit. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on this book and my copy won’t last too much longer. Fear not, quite a few health archives and university collections still have this title.

Mary

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Wedding Night Jitters?

Your First Year of Marriage
McGinnis
1967

Marriage advice is always interesting. This gem (still not weeded!) is from 1967. It assumes that the two newlyweds have barely had any sexual experience, not even “heavy petting.” (‘Cuz nice girls and boys just don’t.) A great deal of the book is dedicated to the mechanics of sex. There was also some pretty decent family planning information, considering it was published in 1967.  There are some small chapters dedicated to “special circumstances” (pregnancy, different religions or races) and managing money. Take a look at the two pages I scanned on dealing with the in-laws.

All in all, not that bad of a choice for the 1960s. I am at a loss for why it is still in a public library collection, though.

Mary

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