I witnessed a young man get up from his seat today in a crowded public environment to offer it to a young woman. She beamed with happiness and he held his head high with pride as he stood near the door. Both were made happy by this small gesture of traditional manners and chivalry. Both happily embraced their gender roles in the process. And those sitting nearby were visibly impressed and nodded or smiled in approval. No one rose to challenge the young man for treating the young woman differently – unequally – due to her gender. I was reminded of the importance of small actions and how traditionalism in the South contributes to social harmony and happiness.
Also see: Chivalry and Southern civilization