Sexist ’50s Magazine Gives Women Insane Advice for Finding a Husband

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We’ve all seen the magazines covers that advertise long lists of dating advice for anyone who’s single and ready to mingle. They usually have something to do with online dating tips or the best bars to pick up singles or even how to improve your Tinder game so you can swipe with success.

Magazines from the ’50s also found the topic of dating to be quite interesting for their readers, but these suggestions are far from Tinder tips. One woman found a magazine from the that listed 129 ways to get a husband and what was written had her and many people on Facebook surprised. The suggested items were pretty sexist and now seem very laughable, but back then, they were serious recommendations for single women seeking marriage.

These suggestions range from absurd to hilarious to confusing. Ladies, we are very lucky that we’re not living in the ’50s.

It all started at a garage sale

Kim Marx-Kuczynski was at a garage sale in Wisconsin, when her boyfriend picked up something that seemed to be quite interesting and thought she should take a look.

What an interesting find

John, Kim’s boyfriend pointed out McCall’s Magazine at the garage sale. The cover was bright pink and had a vase filled with flowers, and a tiny kitten smelling the petals. There must be some fascinating stuff in there.

The magazine cover also included headlines for features within the issue.

Stories included were,  “Are Sex Manuals a Threat to Happy Marriage?” and “New Houses: What to Look for in ’58.”  

Kim purchased the magazine for only one dollar!

Entertainment ensued with the moment she opened up the magazine. Kim chose to share her findings on Facebook, for the rest of the world to see.

The article included some alarming numbers.

“In the United States today there are sixteen million women over the age of seventeen who are not married. Presumably, the vast majority of them would like to be,” the article began. A strong statistic to reel in your readers. Tell me more!

“There are almost enough single men to go around,” the article continued…

“The problem is to find a good one and land him.” I don’t know what it takes to land a man but I am interested in learning more.

The magazine staff assembled 16 people with “good minds, lively ideas and mature experiences” to partake in a brainstorming session to think of ideas on how to find a man.

Of the 16 people, there was a stewardess, a housewife, a newlywed, an engineer, a psychologist, a songwriter, a marriage consultant, a bachelor, and a police commissioner.

The group came up with 404 suggestions during their brainstorming session.

They boiled down the list to the top 129 ideas. If these were the ones they chose, I am wildly interested in learning the other 275 suggestions…

Alright, let’s get down to the good stuff.

Here are some of the most interesting suggestions that were found in this article published in 1958. Buckle up, ladies and gents, it’s about to get weird.

1. Get a dog and walk it.

This is a strong start. If the rest of the tips are this helpful, I might actually be able to find a husband after this.

6. Read the obituaries to find eligible widowers.

If you can’t find a date at a bar, I guess the next best place would be a funeral.

16. Volunteer for jury duty!

I don’t think anyone in their right mind would volunteer for jury duty– but if it means getting a husband, sign us up.

19. Get lost at football games!

Sure, men love women who wander aimlessly like a lost puppy at sporting events.

24. Don’t be afraid to associate with more attractive girls; they may have some leftovers.

Who doesn’t love leftovers! It’s like the second best option, right after the actual meal itself.

30. Learn to paint; Set up an easel outside engineering school.

Where else would you get your inspiration from other then right outside an engineering school where you can paint men walking around in their suits? It’s so ideal.

31. Stumble when you walk into a room that he’s in.

This will definitely get his attention. There’s nothing like a cute face plant to strike up a flirty conversation.

34. Wear a Band-Aid; people always ask what happened.

I can one-up you; wear a neck brace. That will really get people talking and will guarantee some attention from the men in the room.

40. Stand in a corner and cry softly.

“Chances are good he’ll come over and find out what’s wrong,” it finishes out confidently. This one seems absolutely fool-proof. Going to try this out ASAP.

44. Learn how to bake tasty apple pies.

Who doesn’t love apple pie? This will be a great way to weed out all the unstable men who aren’t your typical, baseball-loving, apple pie eating type.

47. “Accidentally” have your purse fly open, scattering its contents.

I don’t think anyone wants to see what is in my purse, but you know what? It’s worth a shot.

50. Practice drinking with your female friends first!

You don’t have to ask me twice.

56. If you look good in sweaters, wear them every third date.

Ladies, don’t even think about wearing a sweater two times in a row. That is a big no-no. How do you plan on getting a husband if you wear too many sweaters?

58. Get a sunburn.

Nothing says sexy-single-lady like a toasty sunburn.

61. When you are with him, order your steak rare.

This means that you are not afraid of a little danger.

70. Don’t be too fussy!

But why not?! I love to make a fuss.

80. Talk to his father about business, and agree that taxes are too high!

Nod and smile, ladies! Being agreeable and silent will get you far with your new boyfriends’ family.

84. If he’s a fisherman, learn to scale and clean fish.

If your man can fish, then you better be the best fisherman’s wife out there. Get your sushi knives real sharp, and scale that fish.

87. Don’t tell him how much your clothes cost

You have to keep some things a mystery, right ladies?

97. Hide your Phi Beta Kappa Key if you own one.

“Later on junior can play with it,” is the rest of that suggestion. Well, I don’t know what this means but if you have one, you better have a tight hold on it. Don’t play yourself.

110. Point out to him that the death rate of single men is twice that of married men.

Referencing death is always a good transition to talking about marriage. If flirting doesn’t work, scare him into falling in love with you.

113. If your mother is fat, tell him you take after your father. If your father is fat, tell him you’re adopted!

Don’t even think about telling him about your medical history! If you have to fake some documents, go ahead girl.

115. Rent a billboard and post your picture and telephone number on it.

Nothing too extravagant, it’s a subtle hint that you are looking for love.

120. Bribe Ferris-wheel operator to get you stuck on top of the Ferris-wheel.

Well, this sounds lonely and also terrifying! Whatever it takes to get the attention of a man.

121. Stand on a busy street corner with a lasso.

I don’t know if they want you to use the lasso on men or to hold it for a good conversation starter but either way, it sounds fool-proof.

124. Make and sell toupees! Bald men are easy catches.

It looks like I need to change my career from writer to toupee maker. I wonder if there is a trade school for that?

129. Don’t marry him if he has too many loose buttons!

GASP! I could never imagine doing this.

Are you ready to find your husband?

If these few tips didn’t feel like enough, feel free to read the others. They are just as ridiculous.

It’s hard not to feel slightly offended by reading some of these…

But it’s also an amazing experience to be able to look back and reflect how far women have come from a lot of these stereotypes.

Some serious progress

Kim, the new owner of this magazine, commented on the absurdity of what she read. “I think the article is reflective of the social mores of the era, and I found the comparison between what was acceptable then and what is acceptable now fascinating,” she said in an interview. “It also made me grateful that so much progress has been made.”

Ladies, we’ve come a long way from bribing Ferris-wheel operators.

Let’s hope we don’t have to start a toupee business just to get a date. Share this article with your ladies to get a good laugh!