A 1960s Magazine Article on How To Choose A Mistress
In the article, “The Art of Selecting a Mistress” it is pointed out right at the beginning, “Love has nothing to do with it says this expert. You pick her like a car – for performance.”
Here is the quiz you are supposed to take before reading the article:
- The perfect mistress is:
17 years of age (a)
21 years of age (b)
26 years of age (c)
40 Years of age (d)
75 years of age (e)
- The perfect mistress is (a) married (b) single (c) divorced
- The perfect mistress is (a) in love with you (b) fond of you (c) crazy about herself
- The perfect mistress is (a) a working girl (b) well fixed (c) a working girl who needs a protector
- The perfect mistress is (a) intelligent (b) stupid (c) indifferent
- The perfect mistress is (a) owner of her own car (b) prefers cabs (c) likes men with expensive cars
A great number of topics written about in the 1960s would almost certainly be considered politically incorrect today. For many people, Selecting a Mistress from Monsieur Magazine by Mel Bennett would fall into that P.I. class.
Monsieur was a nudie titillation magazine published from 1957 through the mid- 1960s which was several notches below Playboy in literary quality. Monsieur’s typical articles such as “Manhattan – Island of Sex Starved Men”, “Women Love To Be Unfaithful”, “Girl-Pinching Goes International” and “Making a Dame on A Plane” was not meant to attract many female readers.
While the answers to the quiz are on page 71 of Monsieur, unfortunately we can’t provide them.
The article image is from the New York Historical Society. As the Historical Society points out about this donated collection: “While not your standard scholarly fare, the Harvey Rosen and El Borracho Collection provides valuable insights into the supper club scene in New York as well as the decidedly un-feminist perception of women that characterized this era.”