Except one…maybe the most important test she would take that year.
Strictly For Girls
The May issue of The Girl Friend ( and The Boy Friend ) a pulp magazine, had offered 2 gender specific tests for its readers in 1953. The quiz, strictly for girls, asked the question “What are Your Best Fitted for: Love or Career.”
Ginger had put off taking the test till now, nervous to find out the answer.
Sure the saucy sophomore thought, she could conjugate a verb with the best of them and was a wiz at typing but the specter of ending up an old maid loomed over her.
A spinster stenographer swimming in the secretarial pool or a happy homemaker with a loving hubby and children…what would be her fate? Here was her chance to find out the answer to a vital question.
As her Domestics Arts teacher emphasized “Satisfaction and self-sufficiency might result from a career”, she advised her students but that paled when compared to the “full and complete happiness and satisfaction offered by marriage.”
In the distance, the warm homey smell of her Mom’s rhubarb pie wafted through the house as Ginger took her #2 yellow Dixon pencil in hand and nervously began tackling the quiz.
Career…Just Say No
With a great sigh of relief Ginger answered “No” to all the questions…. discovering she was best fitted for Love!
Strictly For Boys
Now that Love was her future, there was just one more test to be taken.
Turning the page of the magazine was another quiz this one strictly for the male species, but was directed to their “girl readers” : “If you want to see how your boy friend rates have him answer these questions!”
That’s just what she intended her steady Pete to do, answering the Quiz’s question: “Will You Make a Good Lover?”
“Do you wonder how you will rate in the love department?” the article asked provocatively.
Just Say No
A perfect score of “No” meant he would be the kind of boy the girls will go for. Especially the non career girls.
How well did you score?