We really hope Country Life's '39 steps to being a lady' is a joke

Nov 5, 2015 at 9:02 a.m. ET
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Do you consider yourself to be a lady? Not in the sense that you were born (or identify as) female but, you know — a ladee. Perhaps you’re not known for being particularly ladylike but are keen to explore that side of your character?

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Well Country Life magazine has made it really simple: follow their "39 steps to being a lady of 2015."

Except, you might not actually want to…

Because while some of the steps we can totally get on board with ("offers to split the bill," "knows when a man is spoken for," "instills manners in her children, but lets their characters flourish") others definitely get our feminist shackles rising.

For example:

"Cooks perfect, crispy roast potatoes"

Let's change this to "doesn't feel under any pressure to cook perfect, crispy roast potatoes." Actually let's get rid of "perfect, crispy roast potatoes" altogether. Because you can be a lady and not even know where your potato peeler lives.

"Never wears shoes she can't walk in"

What?! Where's the fun in that? All ladies know that the most amazing shoes are the ones you have to take off at regular intervals throughout the night to make sure your feet are still alive.

"Knows when to let a man think it's his idea"

This is just as unfair to men as it is to women. Being a lady doesn't mean being patronising and — believe it or not — men do have ideas sometimes too.

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"Would never own a handbag dog"

What kind of lady would subject all the handbag dogs in the world to homelessness? Dogs are dogs and teeny tiny ones need love and care too.

"Might not understand the rules of rugby and cricket, but enjoys the game anyway"

The rules of rugby and cricket aren't that hard. If you enjoy those games, you'll make the effort to learn them, rather than go along with it just because the men are glued to the television screen. (Or leave them to it and go out with your friends in your too-high shoes.)

"Knows when to stop dyeing her hair"

OK, ladies. Never let anyone tell you it's time to stop dyeing your hair. That decision should come from you alone and you might make the call at 30, at 40, at 50… or carry on rocking your peroxide tresses until you take your last breath.

What's the definition of a "lady" for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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