According to a survey, 90% of men are afraid to pay a compliment, or act in a gentlemanly way, to a lady with whom they are not familiar. A similar number of women, or should I say ladies, bemoan the fact that men are no longer gentlemen!
As a mere male I fit into the 'afraid' category. I was brought up to respect ladies. Im my childhood I would raise my school cap to a passing lady. When I was a testosterone filled teenager, I treated my girlfriends like princesses .As a young adult I opened doors for ladies, and always let them go before me in a check-out queue.
But a few years ago, political correctness reared its ugly head.
Whereas I would previously have given up my seat to a lady on a train, I would no longer consider doing it for fear of the reaction I might get. I am afraid I would even leave a pregnant lady standing, in case I was accused of being condescending.
I no longer dare speak to a strange woman in case it is taken as an advance , and smiling to a stranger is completely out of the question.
But ladies only have themselves to blame for this state of affairs. It is they who sought equality. It is they who decided that displays of gentlemanly behaviour demonstrated weakness and aloofness.
Another strange fact I have recently learned is that ladies need at least five compliments, or acts of kindness, a day in order to maintain their self esteem and confidence. Thanks to 'women libbers', 25% of women say that they are not reaching this minimum level.
I for one feel uncomfortable sitting whilst a lady stands. I hate letting a door close in a ladies face. I don't know which are the ladies who are the most likely to take offence at an act that comes as second nature to me!
Right guys. Time to make a stand for Men's Liberation! Lets get back to the days when men where gentlemen, and women didn't drink pints!