The purpose of this research is to answer whether or not men on the UCSB campus conform to society's traits of being a gentleman. When we are young, theories of etiquette and manners are instilled in us. Many of us grow up and continue to be courteous and show people kindness as a sign of respect. However sometimes when I look around campus I do not see people following the basics of etiquette. In particular, I hear many women repeating that chivalry is dead while men fail to hold open doors for women, spit on the ground, and don't bother to remove their baseball caps while indoors. Theodore Roosevelt once quoted that "Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage," and with over 21,082 students enrolled at UCSB, 45.8% are men. Women on campus have the upper hand, making up 54.8% of the campus. Being recognized as a party school UCSB is also known for Isla Vista, a community of students densely packed near the beach.
[...] My initial guess was that males still displayed etiquette according to the rules and guidelines of being a gentleman as compared to the secondary research sources Statement of Results Results indicate that not all men are gentleman, and the only time they are gentleman is when they are in heavily populated areas or when they are required to do so for holidays such as Mother's day Exploration of Concluded Results From the results stated, it can be concluded that chivalry is slowly fading from our society. [...]
[...] As I could not go on multiple dinner dates with subjects or do any rules the group saw as outdated traditions, the selection was narrowed down to these three rules: holding doors open for women, buying flowers for women (because Mother's Day was approaching), and giving a woman, child, or elderly a seat on the bus (as I rode the bus everyday at 9am) Procedure The first field study involved observing male students leaving class during passing period for thirty minutes. [...]
[...] Do not speak of politics and religion; it is taboo at dinner parties. Calling to thank host(ess) after a dinner party. Helping off a ladies jacket. Remove hat when indoors. Always pull a chair out for a lady. Never cuss in front of a lady. Propose to a lady on one knee. Ask the father first for her hand in marriage. Put a coat down over a puddle for the woman to walk across. Never borrow money from a woman. Send a card if you decline a party invitation. [...]
[...] However, this study demonstrates that chivalry is eroding from our society, supporting the results from other studies Statement of Subjectivities I think that it is a shame that males are failing in areas where acts of chivalry are important towards women. Women should start to take a stand on this issue and start demanding that male etiquette be reintegrated into our society. This has a price as well, as women should show the same courtesy to men as they want shown back to them. [...]
[...] next experiment will involve surveying students on mother's day, testing to see the amount of males who will do something or buy something for mother's day compared to how many male students have no plans for mother's day. Finally, the last experiment will involve public transportation to school on the UCSB 24x bus. It will test to see how many instances of men give women, children, or the elderly their seat when the bus is crowed on a thirty minute 9am drive. [...]
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