NeW Featured in the Atlantic

December 13, 2012 | Sarah

NeW is featured this week in the nationally renowned magazine The Atlantic. In an article on chivalry called “Let’s Give Chivalry Another Chance,” author Emily Esfahani Smith calls for a return of chivalrous behavior and details its history and current status. She outlines the benefits of gentlemanly acts for both men and women.

Ms. Smith then highlights the work of NeW in championing respect between the sexes, especially during our Annual Gentlemen’s Showcase. Ms. Smith writes:

Some women are trying to bring back chivalry. Since 2009, for instance, a group of women at Arizona State University have devoted themselves to resuscitating gentlemanly behavior and chivalry on a campus whose social life is overwhelmingly defined by partying, frat life, and casual sex. Every spring for the past three years, these women have gathered for the “Gentlemen’s Showcase” to honor men who have acted chivalrously by, for example, opening the door for a woman or digging a woman’s car out of several feet of snow.

The event has spread to campuses nationwide. Its goal is “to encourage mutual respect between the sexes,” Karin Agness tells me in an interview. Agness is the founder and president of the Network of Enlightened Women, the organization that hosts Gentlemen’s Showcases at colleges each spring.

“The current framework is not generating healthy relationships,” Blayne Bennett, the organizer of ASU’s first Gentlemen’s Showcase, has said. “I believe that chivalry provides the positive framework to maximize the overall happiness of men and women.”

Women, she said, “want to be treated like ladies.”

2012 Gentleman of the Year was UGA Sophomore Jack Loonam.

Bennett and her fellow chivalry advocates have the right idea. “If women give up on chivalry, it will be gone,” [Christina Hoff] Sommers tells me. “If boys can get away with being boorish, they will, happily. Women will pay the price.”

If feminists want to level the playing field between men and women, they should find common cause with traditionalist women, like those at ASU, on the issue of chivalry. Both groups are concerned with how men treat women. They just differ in what that means: Feminists want men to treat women as equals; traditionalists want men to treat women like ladies. Are the two mutually exclusive?

Since it’s publication, “Let’s Give Chivalry Another Chance” has become one of the most popular articles of the week, and has been shared more than any other post on Facebook.

Please read the article here if you have not done so. NeW is pleased to receive recognition for its work in promoting chivalrous behavior and to be a leader in restoring respect between the sexes!

Get ready for another Gentlemen’s Showcase this spring!

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