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Ms Manners

In The Nouveau Butch on January 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

 

 

The Perfect Gentleman + Ms Manners = The Nouveau Butch

The Perfect Gentleman + Ms Manners = The Nouveau Butch

 

Here are ten quick tips to Nouveau Butch etiquette (and just general good manners):

1. In a revolving door, the Nouveau Butch goes first, thus carrying the burden of the physical strain, so her lady isn’t bothered with the inconvenience.

2. With a regular swinging door, the Nouveau Butch pushes/pulls the door open and lets her lady enter/exit first.

3. When dining, the NB always waits for her lady to start before picking up her own silver/plastic/chopsticks to start the meal.

4. The Nouveau Butch always hails the taxi, and opens the door.  If her lady is wearing a skirt, she enters the cab and slides in–if the lady is wearing pants, the NB gives her the option of entering first.  If both are wearing skirts/dresses, the NB inconveniences herself by sliding in first.

5. When dining, the NB will always put her napkin on her lap, sit up straight, keep her elbows off the table, chew with her mouth closed, and say please/thank you.  These things (hopefully) are second nature.

6.  When lighting a pair of cigarettes, the Nouveau Butch will use a lighter to light the lady’s cigarette first.  If, for some unfortunate reason, only matches are available, the NB lights her own cigarette first, letting the sulfur burn off on her own light–then uses that same match to light the lady’s smoke, thus saving her the unpleasantness of the sulfur taste. If the lady is not a smoker, the NB refrains from smoking when in her company.

7. If the lady is cold, the Nouveau Butch always offers her coat/sweater/arms for warmth.

8. When conversing in an overly bright environment, the Nouveau Butch takes care to stand facing the sun, so that the light does not bother her lady’s eyes.

9.  The Nouveau Butch always offers to carry a lady’s packages, at least twice.  If the lady declines, the NB accepts this.   The offer is genuine, but not insistent. The modern lady is quite capable, and it often gives her pleasure to do things for herself, the NB accepts this and even admires it.

10. The Nouveau Butch applies all rules of etiquette at all times, in all situations–not just with a lady, not just on a date, but everywhere, with everyone.  The trademark of the Nouveau Butch is impeccable manners.  Even in a ball-gown and pearls, the NB comports herself in a gallant, chivalrous manner. However, the rigidity of formality should always give way to an agreeable nature.   Neither helpless, nor imposing, the NB always facilitates a more comfortable, easy time for others.  It should be noted that it gives her pleasure to do so.

**The Nouveau Butch recommends the book “How to Be a Gentleman” as an excellent resource. The NB cautions that modern, female application of these rules will be required.  User discretion is advised.

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  1. 8. When conversing in an overly bright environment, the Nouveau Butch takes care to stand facing the sun, so that the light does not bother her lady’s eyes.

    If the Nouveau Butch finds her with her back to the sun and without a graceful way to switch positions, the NB positions herself to protect her lady’s eyes from as much of the harsh sunlight as possible.

  2. […] to doing so. I don’t see how I can’t love a blog that declares that the Nouveau Butch the perfect gentleman meets Ms Manners. Hell […]

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