Magazine article Insight on the News

It's a Gentleman's World

Magazine article Insight on the News

It's a Gentleman's World

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One arbiter says the new chivalry is based on knowing how and when to hang with guys, mix a good cocktail and actually enjoy the symphony. But some claim the trend is all style and no substance.

Men are pining to be gentlemen these days, poring over the well-pressed rules and mannerly strategies of the scrupled few who make the role seem effortless. Ah, but that role is subject to interpretation. There are new, complex guides for executives, grooms, he-men and those who revere classic cocktails -- to mention just a few.

The Website www.thegentleman. com, for example, peddles a device that automatically lowers the toilet seat in male/female households. Plumbing issues notwithstanding, Gentleman's Quarterly magazine suggests that "a sense of humor, a sense of honor, a knack for making kids laugh" and other such things really make the man. Shine your shoes every Tuesday, GQ notes. Always RSVP. Spellcheck your e-mail. Learn how to make a good cocktail. Burn your futon. Open her car door.

The folks at California-based iVolt.com, meanwhile, have their own ideas. The new online journal is meant as a man's manual for "living and entertaining" A gentleman here seems to be an updated version of the Renaissance man. "American men have emerged from the dust of a series of backlashes to redefine the true gentleman as the all-around guy" says Managing Editor A.L. Foster. "He can do Friday night with the guys but can also orchestrate a fabulous Saturday night for his girl. He knows how to change his own oil, but he also knows he doesn't have to."

Gentlemen must be deft at juggling the polarities in their lives. …

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