Etiquette & Social Protocol
Where did the curtseys and bows begin? When did women’s averted gaze and men’s proud stance become the norm? Perhaps it’s the military traditions that have defined men’s disciplined posture and carriage. Perhaps the disabling attire women wore – tight girdles, large hoop skirts, teetering shoes and mile-high wigs – drove the need for help. Or the driving factors could be physical size and the carrying and nurturing of babies.
Whatever the genesis, our cultures make it clear what kind of behavior is expected from men and women.