For this reason, the history of dating tends to be quite different for the LGBT population.
In the first decade of the twentieth century, men "called upon" young women whom they fancied by (with the permission of her parents) visiting her home.
The 1920s brought many changes for young women in the United States.
As in the play "Thoroughly Modern Millie", millions of young women left the safety and security of rural, small-town life and went to live an independent life in the big city.
Some of the most frequent collocates for flappers in COHA are dress, hair, blond, smoking, flat-chested, and chic, all of which make sense.
In the sections that follow, I first look at some of the (slang) terms that were new in the 1920s, which were used to describe these new women.
In the early days of dating, many LGBT couples had to keep their relationships a secret for fear of being public stigmatized.
The two would spend time together, usually with the supervision of her parents so that they may get to know each other on an intellectual and emotional level.
The couple was rarely left alone, making sexual intimacy (and physical contact in general) nearly impossible.
(Of course, I go back a long way, to a time when there were streetcars going up and down Broadway.
I could buy a milkshake for a All the telephones were black.) It was common, around that time, for men and women to meet at parties or at dances.