Q Dear Miss Abigail: Why do all of your questions seem to be directed at the female perspective? Who do men who need answers turn to? Signed, Charles A Dear Charles: Yes, it does seem to be true that the majority of my questions are geared toward females. But many of the dating and love problems do […]
How Boys Try to Prove Their Masculinity
Here is another fine excerpt from A Girl’s Guide to Dating and Going Steady by Dr. Tom McGinnis. And not a moment too soon ~ it sure has unearthed a lot of mysteries for me. Those poor boys, always struggling to attain manliness! I feel for them, really I do. 1968: How Boys Try to Prove […]
Boys, in 500 Words or Less
Q Dear Miss Abigail: What is the best way or sentence to sum up boys between the ages of thirteen and fifteen? Signed, Meg A Dear Meg: Golly gee whiz, Miss Meg. You’re assignment is hard! I couldn’t find just one sentence to answer your question, so I’m going to ramble on a bit. Here […]
Boys, boys, boys. It sure is hard to understand them. I was therefore pleased to find this bit of information in one of my latest purchases: A Girl’s Guide to Dating and Going Steady by Dr. Tom McGinnis. You may want to also read a selection from a few pages later titled “How Boys Try to […]
What Do Those Boys Talk About?
The premise in For Boys Only is that Dr. Frank Howard Richardson has been tasked with explaining “what happens to you, now that you are changing from a boy to a man. It explains how and why girls and women are different from boys and men. It helps you to understand why it is that you […]
1964: Boys Are Different!
A special thank you to Sherri Baer, who just sent me two fabulous little pink books by Ruth Vaughn: It’s Fun to Be a Girl (“in which she tells how ‘sugar and spice and everything nice’ can be made a dream come true,” so says the cover) and the follow-up Dreams Can Come True (“because […]
1969: Types of Boys…The Non-Athlete Celebrity
In response to the recent excerpts from Ellen Peck’s How to Get a Teen-Age Boy and What to Do with Him when You Get Him, Jenn asked “Just out of curiosity…how do you get a non-athlete celebrity?” Ellen describes these as “the editor of the school paper or yearbook, the student council vice-pres, and the […]
1969: Types of Boys and How to Get Them: The Comic
In a recent post, I brought you an excerpt about a type of boy known as “the egghead,” described by Ellen Peck in her book from 1969 called How to Get a Teen-Age Boy and What to Do with Him when You Get Him. Reader Clare wondered who the audience was for this book (teenage […]
1969: Types of Boys and How to Get Them: The Egghead
A fan of the site recently wrote to request some advice on “scooping” boys. Now, I’m not up to date on my slang terms, but I’m assuming this is the same as a pickup, or a come-on, getting the attention of those young gentlemen. Well, according to one of my favorite books, Ellen Peck’s How […]