I’m Steven Petrow, advice columnist for the Washington Post, and I’m taking your questions on “modern man manners” with NPR. AMA!
For the last few months, NPR’s All Things Considered has been exploring what it means to be a man in America today. In some ways, the picture for men has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. More women than men are going to college, and the economy is moving away from jobs that traditionally favored men, like manufacturing and mining. Attitudes have also changed on the social front, with young men having more egalitarian attitudes toward women and expectations of being involved fathers.
Shifting gender roles have also brought up new questions about social etiquette. If men and women aspire to operate as equals, does a man still pay the bill on a date? Should he still hold open a door? Do different rules apply in the workplace? Are there any special situations for gay men?
They’ve tapped me, Steven Petrow, an advice columnist for The Washington Post, to answer any questions you might have about “modern man manners.”
Hey everyone. What a great turnout for my first Reddit AMA. Thank you so much for your intelligent queries. You made me think! And that's a good thing. Until next time. -SP
Bio: Steven Petrow is a journalist and the go-to source for modern manners. In addition to his five etiquette books, Petrow writes the Civilities column for The Washington Post as well as Your Digital Life for USA Today and "Medical Manners" for Everyday Health. He's a former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.