Intimate liaisons dating
Maybe we were the , which certainly should not be interpreted to mean that we always behaved like gentlemen, just that we had some appreciation for the meaning of the word and maybe even aspirations to become what it signified.
Furthermore, we knew what the opposite of a gentleman was.
We had absorbed these notions from a culture that had not yet abandoned them.
We knew the game had to end eventually, probably when we met the right girl and got married, and most of us got married by the age of 23 or 24, many to our college sweethearts.
We had a provocative name or two for them, and they were quickly sorted out from the "other" girls. These were not young women one seriously considered marrying, and most of us expected and hoped to find a mate in college.
If, however, a guy got especially "hungry" or "horny," there was no special stigma attached to taking advantage of what the easy girls had to offer.
No longer need young men be wolves or foxes to consume that flesh.
But they did not stay in the dormitory or the fraternity house.Experts identify a variety of reasons and causes, but I do not pretend to address the subject scientifically or dispassionately. Nor do I have a sentimental attachment to a remembered past.Lest I be misunderstood, I do not call for a return to the "good old days" of dating as it was when I was a youth anymore than I would advocate a return to arranged marriages.Now one begins with genital overtures instead of a handshake, then waits to see what will turn up (e.g., might become friends later).Like dogs greeting each other nose to tail and tail to nose." Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman (1966) was published, is also the year I entered as a first-yearman at the University of Virginia.