The Search for America’s Top Gentlemen: Last Day of The Gentlemen’s Showcase

by Elizabeth on March 31, 2011 · 3 comments

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Today marks the last day for nominations and voting for the 2011 NeW Gentlemen’s Showcase. Tonight at midnight, the NeW Gentlemen of the Year title will be claimed by the nomination that receives the most votes.

Today on ABC News.com, the Gentlemen’s Showcase was featured after interviewing different people involved with the showcase. Check out some of the highlights below.

“We’re focusing on the positive things men are doing while making sure gentlemen don’t become an endangered species,” said Karin Agness, the founder and president of NeW, a national group that promotes education and leadership skills among culturally conservative women.

Jimmy Ragland, a contender from the University of Florida with 83 “likes” on Facebook, was nominated for thoughtful acts like leaving a sunflower on his girlfriend’s scooter or bringing her colored pencils for an art exam. Adam Hall, a nominee from Kansas State University was nominated by his girlfriend Shelby Danielsen for being “a true gentleman.” Danielson wrote, “He treats women with respect by opening doors, making sure they are back in their apartments safely and giving them flowers on a bad day.”

But it’s Bryant Condrey, a junior at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and Matt Smalbach, a student at the University of South Florida, who are in the lead.

“I didn’t tell Bryant about his nomination before I submitted it because he is so modest and I wanted to surprise him with my heartfelt thank you for his chivalry,” Richardson told ABCNews.com.

“I didn’t really think about … being honored for being a gentleman, I had always assumed this behavior was right and expected of men,” said Condrey, a government major at Patrick Henry College.

He says the showcase is a great conversation-starter about chivalry as it exists — or doesn’t exist — in today’s culture.

With a little over 12 hours left to vote, about 100 votes separates the two gentlemen in the lead-Matt Smalbach and Bryant Condrey. Who will win? Vote today for your favorite gentlemen!

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bmmg39 March 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I’m still patiently waiting for someone here to begin acknowledging women who open doors for men, help men who are carrying large parcels, stand up when men enter the room, and pull out chairs for men.

That would give what you are doing some legitimacy, and a sign that you genuinely do believe all human beings are equal and deserve respect. Respect isn’t “mutual” if one person is doing all the kind things and the other person merely “letting” him do so.

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A. Reader March 31, 2011 at 2:55 pm

What’s interesting is that the standard feminist critique (as well as the media coverage) of the gentlemanly hero focuses on the most frivolous behaviors. This summer I will devote a whole course section to exploitative sexuality, with an emphasis on the fact that there are still state laws on the books that allow a man to engage in ungentlemanly behavior. In fact, you can still “make an honest woman” of your rape victim without having to make yourself a truly honest man. What they call the Date Rapist today has been around forever, but – tellingly – the only other nicknames I can think of for this “anti-hero” are old-fashioned: The Cad, The Rake, The Ladykiller, The Scoundrel, etc.

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bmmg39 April 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

May I ask how we went from pulling out chairs to rape?

Men who have not attacked anyone sexually have been getting called names like “cad,” “rake,” and “scoundrel” for years, and these words are not compliments.

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