After reading her blog, I headed over to Welcome to the Drapers. This is a really cute blog based on Mad Men, and written from the perspective of Betty Draper. How ironic that she too posted a list of "rules":
10 Rules for Ladies
1. Ladies don't wear white shoes before Easter or after Labor Day.
2. Ladies don't chew gum.
3. Ladies don't walk in public holding a cigarette.
4. Ladies don't drink beer from a can.
5. Ladies don't wear diamonds during daytime. (Pearls are fine.)
6. Ladies don't wear more than 13 items at once.
7. Ladies don't telephone men. (Hence the term gentlemen callers.)
8. Ladies are gay, not grumpy.
9. Ladies listen.
10.Ladies who don't abide by the rules, can't expect men to be gentlemen.
When compared to the How to be a Good Wife excerpt, these rules seem to stand the test of time. Well, perhaps ladies can be a little grumpy from time to time in 2011, though no one likes a whiner!
My favorite of the "rules" is #10. I can't begin to tell you all how many times I've been in a situation when a friend is complaining about a guy. This was more common in and right after college, but still occurs with many of my single friends. They complain that the guy they like isn't treating them with much respect. After digging deeper, it often seems that, while there is no real excuse to be a dirt bag guy, my friends are often behaving in such a way that puts the guy in the position to disrespect them. I'm sure this goes far beyond drinking beer from a can!!! ;) They are way too available!
I think these seemingly "old-fashioned" rules set a certain standard for behavior that is a wonderful jumping off point. I'd love to expand beyond simply not "telephoning a man" (#7). Not only should you not telephone him, don't DON'T text!!!! Please, do not text, especially after drinking! Don't text back if he texts you after 11:00pm. And really, if you can exercise the self-control, don't pick up when he calls 8 out of 10 times. And wait
And as far as the gum goes....I have to agree with Mrs. Draper's rules. My dad always used to refer to a person who was a little "rough around the edges" as a "gum chewer", and that has never left me! Eat a mint, or chew the gum for a minute or two in private. There is nothing worse than someone chomping gum in your face, is there?