How Chivalrous Should You Be?

Some chivalrous gestures will help win her over. Others will send her packing. We’ll remove the guesswork for you.

By Robin Hilmantel

I’m sure Carl (not his real name) thought he was being sweet when he asked, “Can I kiss you?” But I didn’t. I thought it was cheesy as hell.

Unless you’re a “Carl,” you probably know better than to do dumb things like request a woman’s permission before you lay one on her, or toss your blazer over a puddle to shield her stilettos from water. But do you know how other chivalrous moves come off these days — which ones women now consider offensive, and which ones possess the power to (sometimes literally) charm her pants off? You will.

Do: Guide her through the room
Put your hand on the small of her back as you’re walking together at a party or a restaurant and you might as well be George Clooney in her mind. Just make sure to keep your hand a solid four inches above her ass or you risk crossing into skeevy-perv territory.

Don’t: Write her a love letter
Sending her a sappy e-mail about how amazing your third date was might be cute to her after the frist read, but at least one of the five friends she’ll forward it to will convince her that the note means you’re a player or a stalker (or both). So step away from the keyboard.

TAGS: dating, relationships, women


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Lily Torres Llitera (Mon, 09 Apr 2012 01:31:53 +0000): Really enjoyed this article. So true, on every point. I especially liked 'Guide her through the room'. I had to explain this to one of my sons once. Because in reality it actually applies to any situation in public. If you stray a few feet away in front of your girl it is like you don't care and other men who notice that might think she's available to be hit on. If that girl catches on to that... she just might respond to other mens come on's by flirting with them right there behind your back! So when you are with your girl, be by her side, always! It's just common sense.
Elizabeth-Anne Curtis (Sun, 10 Jun 2012 16:22:54 +0000): lmao It's been years since I read any articles like this and I find it refreshingly amusing at, honestly, how accurate the majority of this authors thoughts are! lol


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