The Gentlemen’s Book Of Etiquette – 1860

February 27, 2021

Titled ‘The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette, and the Manual of Politeness’ this 160 year old text talks extensively about how men should behave within society.

It talks of chivalry, gallantry, politeness and really, the self sacrifice of men - ironically in an age where women are thought of as second class citizens.

But this standing to attention, the giving up of seats, the holding of umbrellas, the serving, the carrying of belongings, the putting of oneself last and the endless niceties reminds me of something. What do you think?

Read the Manual for yourself:

Top hat illustration by Christopher T Howlett

#chivalry #sexism #feminism #egalitarian


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