Standing when a woman excuses herself from the dinner table

by Rick
(Grand Rapids, MI)

Many of the old 1940's movies show the men rising from their chairs at a dinner table when a woman asks to be excused.


My questions are, when approximately did this courtesy fall out of favor?

Would it be considered to out of place and awkward if a man were to extend that etiquette to a woman today? Thank you.

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Rick,

What an interesting question! Let me assure you that the courtesy you described is alive and well today, if not as prevalent. In fact, sometimes women rise when a man leaves the table if he is held in high esteem and respect, a revered grandfather for example.

Respect and courtesy do not go out of style and one need not feel awkward when performing such a lovely act. Of course, the 1960's brought great social change to our culture. However, many of our older niceties have not only survived, but are returning.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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