The Gentlemen’s Showcase is a fun event. It is a positive way to influence relations between the sexes. But it is also an important event in light of the discussion about how women are treated in the media. As Peggy Noonan wrote: “the real war is against women in American public life…. In this war, leaders who are women are publicly demeaned and diminished based on the fact that they are women. They are the object of sexual slurs, and insulted in sexual terms. The words used are vulgar, and are meant to tear down and embarrass.”
Many noted that women on the right have been targeted for years without much public outrage. When a liberal feminist woman became the target, many formerly silent liberals protested, and have even called for government regulation to discourage the dissemination of such speech.
Yet more government regulation isn’t the answer. Rather than just silencing negative voices, women can make a difference by encouraging and celebrating positive ones. Events like the Gentlemen’s Showcase are a step in that direction, helping us develop a cultural consciousness and real standards for interactions between the sexes. Courtesy may go a lot further than government regulation. We shouldn’t forget that one way to improve the treatment of women is by publicly praising true gentlemen.