How to Be a Gentleman

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Reader Comments (29)

Man, dudes that sprint to get the door for you are so annoying.... I wonder if I'd be more or less angry if I found out they weren't doing it out of chauvanistic "obligations," but just to get laid. Hrm...

Oh yeah! The last panel reminded me of today's Surviving the World. And it might give a *little* hope to all those dogged nice guys out there.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJillOfFandoms

You have also seen this bizarre form of decision making from female humans. Point it out in a clear fashion and there's no end to the whining though.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrother Random

Stop holding a mirror up the world!! 4th panel is so true, in the next strip does she complain about the lack of quality men?

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

So sad, but so true!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVandegraffe

Again, every panel full of WIN!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbretzysdude

"You'd be surprised what I can feel with my elbow" - Genius!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScouse Dasve

All panels are great. Good job.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIrmansul

oh gawd...screwed if you are nice and screwed if you aren't. The joys of being a man that wants to be nice but is driven by testosterone.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Oh wah wah, girls like jerks and I'm soooo nice. I'm a nice guy (TM)! My maneuvering to get into a woman's pants via niceness should rightfully pay off in sexual favors! Women are mean for not falling for my ruse!

Some (stupid) women like jerks, sure. But many women just like assertive, straightforward guys.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVic

@Jilloffandoms: If someone being polite and holding a door open is what makes you angry, then you are truly blessed with a wonderful life. It would be awesome to be so unburdened with troubles that I could find myself being made "angry" by that.

Scott: full of win in every panel! Thanks

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSeth

excuseme, but your elbow is poking into my hip. Hehe, that's not my elbow darling.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

Oh man, the 4th panel was so true it's painful.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Guys, guys, the strip was funny because it was true... Especially about women falling for mean, unpleasant men.
That doesn't mean you male humans aren't guilty of chasing down the pretty *spoiled* females, spoiling them some more - until their spoiled, selfish behavior gets too much for you- then leaving them to chase other pretty, spoiled women, all the while bitching that women *all* act spoiled and selfish, and sneering with contempt when anybody suggests that maybe the less pretty women might be less spoiled amd more fun to be around!
We all have our faults - deal with it!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Yeah, but JillofFandoms, all those girls who get to the door first, and then just stand there like they don't know what the handle is for are also annoying as hell. Demanding certain behavior from a gentleman implies it's his duty that compels him rather than his honor.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJust Nate

Guy are into getting blow off by thier girlfriends. I guess that just does not translate the other way.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZulu

Four for four--spot on, Scott!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiscus

The old conundrum of the 4th panel is about the best balance to Mullet Boss I can think of.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBWM

@Seth: WIN. Just...WIN.

I have to admit that I'm more attracted to gentlemen, but maybe I'm in the minority here? That or I just have a very low tolerance for people who are rude. Gets me all sharp-tongued, wherein the usual scenario is that I tell them to either stop the poor behavior or don't let the door hit 'em on the way out.

But more to the point, this comic was hilarious!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

@Seth: I don't get upset if a guy just opens a door for me. I get upset when a guy LITERALLY sprints to the door to get it, like I said to begin with. If I'm carrying something, of course it's fine to hurry ahead and get it, but if not it's just patronizing. If you're ahead of me and hold it open, sure no problem, that's expected, I do that for people and appreciate it when people do it for me, girl or guy. It's when they run for the door like they expect me to break my delicate little wrists if I touch it is when it's annoying.

@Just Nate: Wow, I don't think I've seen women like that in real life. Mildly depressing, but not that surprising, unfortunately....

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJillOfFandoms

"Women only like jerks. What's wrong with them? They're all crazy."

I know, right? And every time you try and talk about your resentment of all women, they get weird.

October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings


you're 'whipped'

enjoy it!


October 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave

"Blew me off" does not mean to me wha it means to you!

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

Hilarious! It's interesting how a comic about jerks brings out the jerks, somehow thinking they're justified in their jerky thinking?

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

I feel kind of like the last line of dialogue should be "Of course you are. You're an ass."

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRey Fox

Thanks very much. I learned something here. I have been rushing ahead to open the door and will avoid that in the future.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterROK

Eh, I think panel four kind of ruins it. If women really only dated losers then the kind of men who say "women only date losers" wouldn't have anything to complain about. Just like (hat tip to Jeff, above) women who say "where are all the quality men?" Call it the relationship version of "if you're bored you must be boring."


October 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfigleaf

Vic, you took the words right out of my mouth!

Isn't it a little ironic when a "nice guy" complains that he can't bed a girl despite all the work he put into making her feel like they are friends? Because to me, it sounds like the "nice guy" is pretending to be nice and pretending to be friends just to bed said girl, which is exactly what I consider "jerk/ass-like behavior." Not such a "nice guy" after all!

Also, it's really unfortunate that us ladies get generalized every time we or someone also of our gender make the rare mistake of liking a jerk... because really, we appreciate decent men who respect us (and not just "treats us LIKE he respects us").

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChare

I'm with figleaf: panel #4 is a significant mis-step, and predictable as hell. Predictable=boring.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjeric

"It's when they run for the door like they expect me to break my delicate little wrists if I touch it is when it's annoying."

You were on a roll up to this point. This is not what men are thinking.

They are thinking one of two things:

1. Oh, snap! I'm not going to make it to the door in time unless I pelt! Otherwise, she'll think I'm not a gentleman!

2. Oh, snap! This is going to be hilarious!

November 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAtari
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