Kids These Days: A 1950s Guide to Hooking Up

An archival film teaches the high school kids of yesteryear about how physical to get on a date.

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Jeff and Mary are two normal high school sweethearts. They go to dances, hold hands, even kiss, but when the option to go to “lovers lane” comes up Jeff and Mary start thinking about worst-case scenarios.

This excerpt from a 1950s instructional film tries to teach the dastardly consequences of too much “affection,” a not-so-subtle code word for sex. The short film uses teenage mothers, peer pressure, and a pinch of Victorian guilt to convince these two would-be lovers to battle back against their hormones.

To see more archival films or to view the film in its entirety visit Prelinger Archives.

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Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

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