Dating and ladylike

To prevent faulty moves on your part, you need to know how to play the first date game.

A true lady can navigate even the worst of dates with ease and finesse by knowing what is and isn’t kosher.

“Chew with your mouth closed,” reads one suggestion; “Be honest,” reads another.

But once again, the expected role of each gender was subtly — and sometimes not so subtly — outlined in several other suggestions.

The assignment, entitled “ Date,” came from Highland High School’s Adult Roles and Financial Literacy class, and requires students to go on a date with a classmate of the opposite sex and not spend more than . (And also the fact that I would have failed that assignment with flying colors.) The message these suggestions send to young girls is shockingly out of touch in a multitude of ways.I’ve written about what being a “lady” means in today’s day and age before. It’s those latter notions that seem so provocative to today’s modern woman. In this article, I wanted to explore the concept of being ladylike in more depth and why the mere word evokes such a visceral response in people. I am not, however, bringing men into the equation this time around and I probably shouldn’t have done so in the first place for reasons that should have been obvious to me back then. For the most part, however, words like genteel, polite, refined, cultured, elegant and sophisticated are associated with being “ladylike”, but so are modest, respectable and proper. Today I’ll be talking about the do’s and don’ts of first date etiquette.I think it’s safe to say first dates are amongst the most nerve-wracking of social encounters. The margin for inevitable awkward moments is gaping.