Chivalry The Russian culture still thrives on male chivalry.
Men should hold doors, help the women in and out of cars and offer to carry anything heavy.
Respectful behavior seems to have fallen out of favor in public discourse and mass media, and kids pick that up.
But they need to learn that even strong feelings can be expressed in a respectful way.
Miss Manners leaves it to you to explain this to your friend, only asking that you omit the part about kisses.
History In traditional Russia, men provided for the women.
Respect means honoring other people and treating them with care and courtesy.
Possibly this was because they already had enough socks.
However, it smacked of the ugly idea that what we used to call ladies' favors could be bought for the price of a meal.
Miss Manners is not accusing you, with your modest mention of a good night kiss, of sharing this vulgar sentiment. If you will bear with her, she will supply you with a better one.
Traditional Males Russian men conventionally have seen themselves as superior to women.
Historically in Russian families, women were expected to serve their men, take care of the children, and perform all household chores.
That is that we have now evolved to the point where respectable reciprocity should be a factor in social relationships between the genders, whether they are characterized as friendship or romance.