WHAT IS A GENTLEMAN?
What is a gentleman? Can you pick one out on the street? What does he look like? How does he act? We here at What is a Gentleman have come up with a simple definition:
A person who strives to achieve a balance between self-respect and respect for those (the community) around them.
Our inspiration at What is a Gentleman is simple. We are disappointed in the widespread and socially ignored decline of the gentleman. The once common attitude of mutual and self respect is now so rare that we accept the appearance of a gentleman for the real thing.
We all know the basics; open doors, avoid coarse language, lend a hand to others, expect nothing in return. But how does the maturing millennial build on these simple principles and make them his own, to find his own definition of a “gentleman”?
The good news is culture is constantly shifting, and we see the future trending toward the resurgence of the gentleman. Today, a man can have pride in his appearance and not worry about seeming feminine or self-absorbed, unlike a few short years ago. Politeness and courtesy in the dating world are slowly starting to become more welcomed again rather than being dismissed as “trying too hard.” By championing trends like these, we hope to usher in the age of the millennial gentleman.
This is our mission - create a community to explore what today’s gentleman looks like, how he carries himself, and the goods he carries with him. This is a movement of learning and exploration, an attempt to salvage the old laws of how to be a real man, while creating some of our own to adapt to the norms of today. It is about how we can learn to respect those around us and ultimately ourselves, how to dress the part, and more importantly, how to live it.