How do we get from writing books about how a lady should conduct herself to books about the more seedy side of our culture? Pretty easily– as a culture degrades and moves more toward Sodom, there will always be someone out there to show us how to do it with “class.”
The first edition of Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage has been a guide for high society for some time.
But according to its editor, Jo Aitchison, the new book “Etiquette for Girls” is a sign that the traditional arbiters of civility are catching up with the times.
“It’s a nod to the modern day,” she told Reuters. “We’re pulling Debrett’s out of Victorian times and trying to make it relevant to today.” The book’s advice ranges from how to conduct a sleaze-free office fling or a disease-free one night stand, to how to smoke at social occasions and what to do when you meet a celebrity.
“Avoid dark-alley gropery and unladylike fumbling in the back of a cab,” the guide says on the subject of one night stands. “Discuss the necessaries to avoid planting any love children or disease, and you’re away.”
On smoking it decrees: “Always use a proper ashtray — never a wine bottle, flower pot or used plate — and avoid allowing smoke to billow out of the nostrils. It is also inelegant to leave the cigarette unsupported in the mouth…”
Certainly the article continues to say that there are still subjects that are covered in here that are less risque– such as manners on a bus regarding cell phones– but the fact that they have had to include instructions for things like these shows just how far those in higher places have fallen.
Nothing shows this more than what our conversation has sunk to in recent elections– where Presidents of the United States were asked what underwear they wore. We have gotten to the point that we are so saturated by sex and the things that go along with it that it seems natural to talk about those things that should only be between a husband and wife. We’ve made the special to be common or trash. And then we wonder why we have a high unmarried teen birthrate, rebellious children, and a general apathy among those of the next generation.