I was always certain I had missed a class on dating, maybe after Chemistry and before Home Ec (yes, this was still offered by my All-American, Midwestern high school in the late 90s).Clearly, my non-first generation friends had taken it, or at least read the Spark notes, because they were constantly going out and breaking up with guys. As Indian immigrants to the US in the 70s, each had participated in their own kind of dating, which consisted of being set up by their families for casual (or not so casual) meetings with potential spouses.Megha received a BA from Columbia University and an MA in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths.At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!I had a “boyfriend” at 17, and though it wasn’t a total disaster, it felt like light years away from my friends’ relationships.
Once such specialty superstores devastated mom and pop retailers which could neither afford the advertising nor stock the inventory which drove consumers to Toys R Us.
If it were our immigrant parents and grandparents, Mash-Up Americans may have never survived high school.
Luckily, as with many areas in our life, we excel at creating new traditions from old rules.
“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.
At loveisrespect, we define “dating” as two (or possibly more than two! The relationship may be sexual, but it doesn’t have to be.