March 17th, 2009

Sex and places to have it in the 50's

I'm currently working a writing project that is set in 1950s America. The protagonists are both in their late teens and both live alone, in New York City. I have two questions:

1. What would a girl in her late teens from this era know/not know about sex? What would she be ignorant about

2. Where this couple, neither of which have a car and both are relatively shy find places to make out, kiss etc?
Also they can't visit each other's apartments societal norms and their own moral codes forbid it.


Note: I've searched teenage dating in the 50s, sex education in thew 50s, what did teenage girls know about sex in the 50s.
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