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“Oh my God, are you from Britain?” A phrase myself among many have heard repeatedly when visiting New York. Nobody really knows why, but the English accent seems to send most Americans into a frenzy. It stands for everything my ancestors took pride in; class, chivalry, history and tradition. Despite these connotations still being settled within the accent, can we honestly say that many of us still take those things into account during every day life? It perhaps sounds petty, but I think it’s a shame that I love it when a bloke holds a door open for me, but it saddens me that I notice it at all because fifty years ago, it would be an expected common courtesy.
There are those that say chivalry is dead and good riddance, but I think people have forgotten the line between charming manners and pandering. It takes one man who insists on being the modern gentleman for us girls to have a bit of hope. Admittedly the modern man has a bit of a hard time… He offers to pay for dinner and he is stifling a woman’s independency and rights, whereas if he doesn’t he is being ungentlemanly. Quite the predicament, but it can be easily solved with chivalry from both man and woman.
For goodness sake guys, offer to pay and girls, split the bill and be pleased you went out for dinner at all. I feel we need to return to our roots and regain some of that charm, eloquence and good manners that we were once so highly praised for.