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For Immediate Release
19th Century Personals Have Much In Common With Today's High-Tech Versions - And Some Interesting Differences
A Valentine's Day Information Sheet Prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families
On Valentine's Day, it is only natural that our thoughts turn to love. Those who think they have found it use the occasion to celebrate their relationship, making Valentine's Day the busiest day of the year for candy sales and romantic restaurant dinners. Those still looking for love often feel lonelier than ever, so that web dating sites see their numbers spike in February.
LOVE -- OR SOMETHING ELSE -- AT FIRST SIGHT
BUT SOMETIMES, JUST SEEKING RESCUE
For more information or other examples of such ads, contact Pam Epstein, adjunct professor of history at Rutgers University-Newark. 848-391-7607; email@example.com
For Further Information on Related TopicsOn the history of matrimonial ads in Great Britain from 1695 to the present,contact Francesca Beauman, author of
"Shapely Ankle Preferr'd: a history of the Lonely Hearts ad 1695-2010," at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the history of courtship and the changing etiquette of dating in the U.S. from its beginnings through the sexual revolution, contact Beth Bailey, Professor of History, Temple University: email@example.com 215 908-0159.
For more information on finding love on the internet, or on the special dynamics of finding love in one's 60s, 70s, or even 80s, contact Pepper Schwartz, Professor of sociology, University of Washington: firstname.lastname@example.org; 206 910 7586
On the relation between hooking up, dating, and courtship -- or looking for love versus looking for sex - contact Barbara Risman, Professor and Head, Sociology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago: 919 349 0090; email@example.com
On men's and women's changing preferences in mate selection, contact Christine Whelan, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh: 646 522 6456; firstname.lastname@example.org
On interracial romantic relationships, contact Virginia Rutter, Associate Professor of Sociology, Framingham State University, email@example.com; 508-626-4863
For information on the recent Match.com poll of singles about what they are -- and are not -- looking for in mates, contact Helen Fisher, Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University: (212) 744-9870; HelenFisher@HelenFisher.com
On the way that the invention of the pill changed dating, courtship, and marriage, contact Elaine Tyler May, Professor of American Studies and History, University of Minnesota, firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-626-7847
On negotiating healthy sexuality and disclosing sexually transmitted infections when dating, contact Adina Nack, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at California Lutheran University: email@example.com; 805.493.3438
On the differences between courtship and marriage in the 1950s and today, contact Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History and Family Studies, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA: 360 556-9223; firstname.lastname@example.org
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