Can You Wear White to a Gay Wedding if There’s No Bride?

More states are legalizing same-sex marriage, which means more Americans are attending their first gay weddings. It goes without saying that the etiquette is almost totally the same—it's just another wedding, after all. But there's one rule that might give attendees some pause: If there's no bride, can you wear white? » 4/21/14 2:00pm 4/21/14 2:00pm

Looking to Emasculate a Man? Open His Door for Him!

Congratulations, womyn! We've finally found the key to destroying masculinity (THE GOAL, I say. THE GOAL, you echo) and it's so simple that I cannot believe we haven't of it before. Turns out that all you have to do to turn a man into a frantic, insecure mess is to hold the door open for him and allow him to walk in… » 2/24/14 6:40pm 2/24/14 6:40pm

It's Not Fake to Be Polite: A Defense of Etiquette

Over the past day or so (and constantly over the past several centuries), there has been a lot of talk about how people (mostly women) should and should not speak. First, there was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand slightly confusing bit of advice on how a woman who wants to be taken seriously should "speak less like a young… » 1/21/14 4:40pm 1/21/14 4:40pm

Lena Dunham Speaketh the Truth: Talking About Your Dog in Polite…

When Lena Dunham's new advice book/memoir/diary finally reaches the masses, it will most likely serve as a handbook for modern living. Everyone will finally get an uninhibited glimpse into the mind of Lena Dunham. What does she eat when it's cold? When it's hot? Does she have a special name for those rubber shoes old… » 3/24/13 3:30pm 3/24/13 3:30pm

How to Use a Public or Shared Restroom Since It's Pretty Clear You…

Don't you just love modern conveniences? Drunken nights and certain New York neighborhoods aside, for the most part, we have progressed past pissing and shitting in the street. The toilet and the sewer system! A thing of beauty. Neat, quick, clean disposal of the excrement and detritus human existence is plagued by.… » 3/15/13 3:05pm 3/15/13 3:05pm

An Open Letter to Men Who Spit All the Time: WTF Is Going on in Your…

I'd like to start out by thanking the man walking toward me on East 33rd between Fifth and Madison who spit at my feet just as we crossed paths on my way to lunch today. Before then I had no idea what I'd be writing about, then voilà: inspiration. So, nasty yuck mouth spit at a stranger's feet, no manners having, rude… » 10/18/12 7:00pm 10/18/12 7:00pm

Volunteer Ninjas in London Movie Theater Sound Utterly Terrifying

Let's say you're watching a movie (let's just say it, all hypothetical-like), and this movie that you're watching — in a theater, a dark theater — is about ninjas, and you're confused because the whole thing is in subtitles plus you don't even like ninja movies, so you turn to your friend or your cat that you've snuck… » 9/17/12 7:15pm 9/17/12 7:15pm

Men Too Busy Saving Their Own Asses to Let Women and Children Go First

When a gunman opened fire on an Aurora, Colorado movie theater earlier this month, three men died protecting their girlfriends, while another ran from the theater, got in his truck, and drove away, saying later that he "went to get help." The media (us included) heaped praise on the the dead men, extolling them as… » 7/31/12 11:30am 7/31/12 11:30am

Conservative Male Politician to Offer Classes on How to Be a Proper Lady

Women of Brooklyn, are your manners feeling not-so-fresh? Well, state Senator Marty Golden may be just the douche you need to make sure you don't leave a bad taste in the mouths of future potential employers who are looking for a lady who can walk and talk like how ladies are supposed to walk and talk. That's right —… » 7/03/12 3:10pm 7/03/12 3:10pm

MIT Offers Awesome Classes to Give Nerds Social Skills

Nerds may be able to let their freak flags fly in the protected confines of the MIT campus, but the same can't necessarily be said for the real world. That's why the school has wisely been offering something called "Charm School" for its students. CBS Sunday Morning went inside this elective day of classes that covers… » 3/04/12 10:15pm 3/04/12 10:15pm

Should You Tell Your Loved Ones They Are Fat This Holiday Season?


Is your fondest holiday wish to permanently alienate one of your nearest and dearest? Are you looking for a way to ensure that your relatives never invite you to another festive family celebration? Well then perhaps you should follow this advice from the BBC: "Tell loved ones they are overweight this Christmas." » 12/22/11 10:55pm 12/22/11 10:55pm

Finishing School: So You Don't Look Like A Jerk Around Rich People

Finishing school, once the realm of the tiny daughters of steel magnates training for a future in rich housewifery, is now a different animal. While finishing-school grads can still walk like non-water buffalos and clap after the opera in a way that doesn't cause mass monocle-poppings, the reason for mastering the… » 10/21/11 1:40pm 10/21/11 1:40pm