How to Console a Crying Woman

Posted on October 08, 2010 by forgetfulgentleman | 2 Comments

For the true gentleman, wearing a pocket square isn't just about completing a look, it's about being prepared in case he comes across a woman in need. Therefore, being a gentleman means carrying a handkerchief and not being scared to use it.

Should you find a woman crying, here are the steps you need to be her knight in shining armor:

1. Keep a handkerchief on your person. A clean one, since it's not for you. It's for the crying woman.

2. When you encounter the crying woman (and she needs to be sobbing as if she's been hurt — never approach a woman who is merely weeping or teary), approach her as if you're advancing on a wounded animal that might still be able to bite — slowly, thoughtfully. Pull out the handkerchief.

3. Say: "I'm sorry to disturb you, but is there anything I can do to help?"

4. Whether she responds or not, offer the still-folded handkerchief. Point out that it's clean. This should make her laugh.

5. If she hasn't yet told you to go away (and if she tells you to go away, do so immediately), ask what you might specifically be able to do: stay with her, call the police, listen to her problems, tap dance.

6. Proceed according to her wishes until she says she's fine. Tell her to keep the hanky.

That's all. Don't hit on her. Don't ask for her number. Don't linger. You're a stranger, emerging from the faceless crowd to offer a bit of kindness and support and then merging back into obscurity without need for recognition or reward.

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December 20, 2010

Good work old man. This crying woman thing has had me confounded for ages.


December 10, 2010

Officially amazing. Love the article. Sending the link to my (adult) sons, and maybe a couple of managers. Didn't know you guys had a blog. Great site! Larisa

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