The Society For The Revival of Gentlemanly Behavior


I belong to this group over on Facebook. The group is headquartered in London. The unique, sometimes amusing and very British description of the group and its values are as follows:

"You can't have failed to notice the complete breakdown in manners, common decency and sartorial taste in modern society. The Chav seems to have occupied this once great nation in a way that dictators past could only have dreamed of. Well, I have a dream, Facebookers, I have a dream where decency and civility return to the modern world, where seats are offered and doors are opened, where hats are doffed and respect is paramount. Ladies and Gentlemen, I have a dream that Gentlemanly behaviour will return, if you share my dream, join this group...

Some suggestions for the Gentlemen:

At risk of offending by stating the obvious, we must mention that doors were not specifically created to control access to buildings, but to allow the gentleman to assist other people. One must always hold the door open for a lady.

While travelling by your own carriage is usually preferable, one must on occasion join the proletariat on this public transport they speak of. No matter how comfortable your seat, or how tired your legs, it is of course your sworn duty to surrender a seat should a lady be left to stand.

Should one's lady friend be approached by anyone without the utmost respect, or in a manner that makes said lady uncomfortable, it is essential to see that the assailant is stopped post haste and made to apologise for their error.

Hats. They have two purposes; to be doffed and to be worn at rakish angles.

Not all hats were created equal, real men own Trilbys or Bowlers. Toppers for best.

There are certain British institutions that one must never disrespect, in no particular order, they are; Afternoon Tea, Wodehouse and Membership of the MCC.

Buttons on cuffs are for blue collar workers, a gentleman never travels without a selection of cufflinks to choose from.

While we're sure Baby does indeed have back, it's rarely appropriate to compliment a stranger on the aesthetic qualities of their derriere, and it's never appropriate to do so with such coarse language as employed by sir Mixalot. (We suspect his knighthood is infact a lie, as no gentleman would address a lady in such manner)

A gentleman's mother is not fair game in an argument, playing the devilish aunt gambit may provoke a resolution of differences through camaraderie, uttering the phrase "yo mama" just makes you a fool.

Suits are made on Saville Row, and shirts in Jermyn Street. Yes, those large food shops that the lower echelons of society frequent may now sell clothes, however, one must remember that a thirty pound creation from Florence + Fred or George will never be a real suit, it will be merely a blasphemy upon the good name of sartorialism.

If at the crease you know yourself to have been bowled leg before wicket, it is your sworn duty to walk back to the pavilion, regardless of the umpire's decision. Honour before victory and what not.

Due deference must be shown to Eton, unless you are yourself an Harrovian. Remember your state secondary school does not count as a quality education.

While defending a point of honour is essential, we've found that duelling is distinctly frowned upon by certain members of the public service, mainly policemen and judges. At risk of offending aforementioned public servants one should endeavour not to take a point of honour to the extreme. As satisfying as regaining one's honour with the tip of a rapier may be, it can result in an expedited journey to gaol. We encourage a more relaxed approach, resolving differences by battle of wits, raising of brows, mutual agreement or a game of chess.

If a matter of honour cannot be satisfied without resorting to combat, it is the duty of the seconds to negotiate an arrangement where honour is satisfied before death, and both parties agree that no legal action may arise from the engagement.

Should pugilism be necessary, Marquis of Queensbury rules must be abided by, unless you are Oscar Wilde, who has an honorary exemption on grounds of wittiness."

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Comment by Jason K. Crane on June 28, 2010 at 12:07am
Very excellent, and I must now join the Facebook group.
Comment by Scott Brenner on January 29, 2010 at 6:18pm
This seems pretty cool. I'll have to give it a go, as it might be said.
Comment by Keith Buck on January 19, 2010 at 9:51am
I quite enjoyed it. I just joined the group over at Facebook.
Comment by jonathan on January 16, 2010 at 7:58pm
i love it! good post.
Comment by liam on January 16, 2010 at 7:52pm
Comment by Herb Munson on January 16, 2010 at 7:44pm
Comment by liam on January 16, 2010 at 7:41pm
link to the fb group?

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