Dating or violence

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Meetings between lovers began to be more distant from rigid parental supervision.

A young man might take a girl to a drive-in movie rather than spend an evening in the parlor with her family.

These meetings were all strictly surveyed, typically by the woman's family, in order to protect the reputations of all involved and limit such possibilities as pregnancy.

This manner of courtship system was mostly used by the upper and middle classes from the eighteenth century through the Victorian period.

This was done in order to ensure a financially and socially compatible marriage.