Women Viewing Even Traditional Acts of Chivalry as Suspicious: Survey

by Bidita Debnath on  January 20, 2013 at 11:14 PM Research News
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According to a survey, women tend to frown upon traditional acts of chivalry nowadays and a noble gesture is often seen as suspicious.
 Women Viewing Even Traditional Acts of Chivalry as Suspicious: Survey
Women Viewing Even Traditional Acts of Chivalry as Suspicious: Survey

The survey carried out by online service Socked.co.uk, has claimed that most women who strive for independence do not expect token acts of kindness like giving up a seat on a packed bus or carrying shopping bags, reports The Telegraph.

The figures show further strides in equality and independence, but are a disappointment for those to whom traditional displays of good manners are important, whatever the gender.

Mark Hall, Gentleman Creation Officer for Socked.co.uk, said men's standards have slipped so far over recent years that any offer of chivalry from a gentleman knocks a woman off their guard and is viewed with outright suspicion.

The survey carried out by the online service, which helps men to dress well and offers free tips on etiquette, revealed just how much women rejected chivalrous behaviour.

The results said a huge 82 per cent of women preferred to pay for their dinner on a first date and 52 per cent claimed they would happily pay for entire bill.

Men who think women are lumbering heavy shopping bags around should think twice because 89 per cent would not accept an offer to help.

Socked.co.uk believes that good manners cost nothing, and it is up to the gentleman to prove that courtesy is not dead in this second decade of the twenty-first century.

Source: ANI

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Having grown up during a different time, and experiencing the shifting of relationships as they have evolved, I find this disappointing as some of those customs I truly preferred. Yet, I can agree that today it is so rare to have especially a young man hold a door as a sign of what was formerly a sign of courtesy we came to expect. I was able to balance the transition to more equality yet still appreciated celebrating the differences between the male and female dance. Within me is a desire to be honored for being who I am, that includes customs such as those of a time of courtesies of those times, especially when it relates to private time. In business, I have no such expectations. Having the experience with offering to pay for both parties in a meal began a slippery slope in one of my relationships as I did not have the tools for myself to have the conversation that this was not going to continue, until it became a point of dissolving the relationship. It gave me cause to wonder if some men feel a burden when financial arrangements all fall to them, as is more and more rare in the younger couples where both share working responsibilities and they do get to make their own negotiations. In reading my own post, I can see this is likely a generational issue for me, and I so admire how today's pairings are navigating the changes.

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