While stereotypical gender roles and the meaning of a gentlemanhas, thankfully, evolved over time, the traditional essence of the word, can still ring true. "The definition of a gentleman dating back to the 1600s is 'a man of good, courteous conduct.' There are many terms that I feel are in fact antiquated, but this definition of a gentleman still stands true today," Meredith Davis, Communications and Partnerships at The League, tells Bustle. "Why should this be any different for a modern day gentleman?"
Many things, however, have changed since the 1600s. Today's gentleman isn't about holding the door or standing up when you get up from the table, today it's about someone who views you as his equal. He's not afraid to call himself a feminist because he believes there is room for everyone to succeed. The modern day gentleman allows himself to be sensitive because he knows the degree of his masculinity does not define his worth.
Today, being a gentleman isn't about traditional gender roles — it's all about respect. And it's just as important that their partner, regardless of gender, possesses these qualities too. Here are the traits to look out for, according to experts.