Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vintage 1960's Etiquette for Teen Girls

From 1963's "The Seventeen Magazine Book of Etiquette and Entertaining"

She is attractive physically -- clean, scrubbed, fresh, well-groomed, neatly put together. The physical attraction comes from good maintenance of the human machinery, maintenance to keep it in tune and cycling properly.


As a teen you can build better understanding in many ways right in your own corner of the world.

 

Here are a few ways that mark you as nice clear through:

A few ways that mark you as nice clear through? Super fun sweaters like these maybe!

1. You don't exclude people from your group merely because


  • they are newcomers and don't belong
  • they come from a different social background, whether its higher or lower
  • they go to private school and you go to public school -- or the reverse
  • their parents are separated or divorced
  • they come from a different social background, whether its higher or lower
  • they go to private school and you go to public school -- or the reverse
  • their parents are separated or divorced 
  • their speech or their clothes are different 
  • their race or religion is different from yours    

Super neat-o green, black and white ensemble for  1965

2. You don't make other people's loyalties a subject for fun by

telling dialect stories. Let the Scots tell the jokes about Scottish thrift, for example; then it's funny. (The great comedians turn the laughs on themselves.) It's not so funny to a Scot when someone of another group pokes fun at his group's supposed eccentricities or shortcomings.

telling hilarious tales about two clergymen -- or deacons, nuns, rabbinical students or anyone -- who belong to a faith other than yours. If you honestly think the story is choice and is not disrespectful, switch it to your own religion.
  
If your shoes don't match your jacket or tablecloth, glue some fabric on to make them match.

3. You don't make a broad statement condemning any group of humans as a group

To be avoided are also statements, such as the following, that would reflect on a group or profession: "She's not like most . . ." "He's very nice, really, for a . . ." "Some of my best friends are . . ." "Isn't that just like a . . ."

4. You use the honorable term for members of a race or religion that's foreign to you -- 


rather than a slang term or an abbreviation. If you are a Mixo-Lydian member of the Druids faith and wish to refer to yourself as a Mixo, a tree-kook or whatever, go right ahead; at least the lack of respect hurts only your own group. (And you might become pretty unpopular with your own group, come to think of it.)

These four points about the good manners that make nice people stand out in a crowd lead us directly to a bigger subject, because nice people are also very nice to have around.


Let us also consider some of the plain but important points about nice people -- who are

Nice to have near


To describe the matter candidly, they are attractive physically -- clean, scrubbed, fresh, well-groomed, neatly put together. You can be fairly sure the physical attraction comes from good maintenance of the human machinery, maintenance to keep it in tune and cycling properly.