Backwards “Dating”

How far the dating scene has come!  There once was a time that ‘date’ meant a guy would come to the girl’s home, meet her parents and take her out to the local diner or a movie.  She already knew him.  Probably even knew his family.

Now ‘date’ might mean hooking up with a guy online, or a sexual encounter with a virtual stranger.  This article outlines it perfectly!  Check out a portion here, then read in entirety at

“‘Hooking up’ was a term known…to almost every American child over the age of nine, but to only a relatively small percentage of their parents, who, even if they heard it, thought it was being used in the old sense of ‘meeting’ someone. Among the children, hooking up was always a sexual experience, but the nature and extent of what they did could vary widely. Back in the twentieth century, American girls had used baseball terminology. ‘First base’ referred to embracing and kissing; ‘second base’ referred to…‘heavy petting’; ‘third base’ referred to…oral sex; and ‘home plate’ meant…intercourse, known familiarly as ‘going all the way.’ In…the era of hooking up, ‘first base’ meant deep kissing…‘third base’ meant going all the way; and ‘home plate’ meant learning each other’s names.”

“In the year 2000, girls used ‘score’ as an active verb indicating sexual conquest…In the twentieth century, only boys had used ‘score’ in that fashion…women had been persuaded that they should be just as active as men when it came to sexual advances. Men were only too happy to accede to the new order, since it absolved them of all sense of responsibility, let alone chivalry.”

According to some, traditional dating has been overtaken by hooking up: “Under the old model, you dated a few times and, if you really like the person, you might consider having sex. Under the new model, you hook up a few times and, if you really like the person, you might consider going on a date” (The New York Times).

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