Thursday, 14 April 2011
Gentlemen...where for art thou?
When I met my now husband, some 19 years ago, he always opened doors for me, offered to carry my shopping, made me walk on the inside of the pavement etc and he still does now. At the time I was very independent and wasn't used to such chivalrous conduct so I fought against it. Putting all my 'womens equal rights' into play. But, I soon got used to it and now would not have it any other way.
I love to be treated like a lady, I love a gentleman to open doors for me, to show respect. Unfortunately these gentlemen seem to be few and far between.
Whilst I am very thankful for the womens movement that gained us the vote and the right to have our voices heard, I do worry that we may have gone just a tad too far. Personally, and these are purely my own thoughts on the matter...I do believe that there are some jobs that a man does better than a woman (and a few that a woman does better than a man too!). Also physically woman are never going to be as strong as men.
For those that don't know me very well I am a strong and sometimes fiesty woman, who likes to get her own way (don't we all?), I don't think I would have lasted very long being 'the woman indoors' but, I do still like a man to ultimately be in charge...but don't tell my husband ;-)
Whilst people no longer throw effluent out onto the streets there is no real need for a gentleman to walk on the outside of the pavement, protecting the lady from getting splashed, to me it is still a nice gesture.
A few years ago I was out to dinner with my company and some guests, when I got up from the table to visit the ladies room one of the older gentlemen there stood up too, it was an old fashioned gesture but I loved it nonetheless!
In a world that sees young women lying on the pavement outside nightclubs, too drunk to stand and young men after a night on the booze, trawling the streets looking for cars or property to damage I wonder if we have given up too much?
I also dislike women swearing, I think it is ugly and unnecessary. Have we lost so much of the English language that the 'f' word now seems to be part of every day speak? It is a shame if that is what it has come to.
In this ever fast moving world I just hanker a little after a few manners and small gestures that make the world seem like a nicer place. Maybe I am a minority in that?