Are you a gentleman?

Photo by Bill Selak

As a woman, I know what I am looking for in a man – the question is, do men know what women are looking for in them? Here is a selection of the rules of being a man. How many can you tick off?

Photo by Bill Selak
Photo by Bill Selak
  1. Stop talking about where you went to college.
  2. Rebel from business casual. Burn your khakis and wear a suit or jeans.
  3. Never stay out after midnight three nights in a row… Unless something really good comes up on the third night.
  4. If riding the bus doesn’t incentivize you to improve your station in life, nothing will.
  5. When the bartender asks, you should already know what you want to drink.
  6. When people don’t invite you to a party, you really shouldn’t go. And sometimes even when you are invited, you shouldn’t go.
  7. When in doubt, always kiss the girl.
  8. Buy expensive sunglasses. Superficial? Yes, but so are the women judging you. And it tells these women you appreciate nice things and are responsible enough not to lose them.
  9. No selfies. Aspire to experience photo-worthy moments in the company of a beautiful woman.
  10. Find a Times New Roman in the streets and a Wingdings in the sheets. She exists.
  11. Piercings are liabilities in fights.
  12. Buy a tuxedo before you are thirty. Stay that size.
  13. One girlfriend at the time is probably enough.
  14. Date women outside your social set. You’ll be surprised.
  15. Read more. It allows you to borrow someone else’s brain, and will make you more interesting at a dinner party – provided that you don’t initiate conversation with, “so, who are you reading…?”

You can check off more rules here.

Care to make it interesting? Take a look at the rules of being a gentleman, are you still the best you can be?

  1. Master a good handshake.
  2. Never attempt to explain, under any circumstances, why a cat call should be considered a compliment.
  3. Do not refer to things as “gay” that aren’t homosexual human beings. People who call things “gay” as a pejorative are truly the raisins in the trail mix of life.
  4. Call your mother, even if you have to set up a Google calendar reminder to get yourself to do this.
  5. Make good eye contact, but not so much that it gets into “I’ve been watching you from behind your dumpster” levels.
  6. Erase the word “slut” from your vocabulary.
  7. Learn how to dance, at least a bit.
  8. Never underestimate the great value of unexpected flowers on a day that is otherwise nothing special, especially in long-term relationships.
  9. RSVP
  10. Be compassionate, and know that you are allowed to experience the full range of human emotion. Where the gentleman of our grandparents’ generation might have prided himself on keeping all of his feelings in check for fear of seeming ‘feminine,’ a real gentleman knows that the best thing about him is his ability to be kind and empathetic. Everything else — yes, even the suit — is just icing on the cake.

Intrigued? Read more of the gentleman code here.

If you are interested in some further reading, click here to see the lady code.