Good evening This is just random musing. We hear talk about someone being a "real gentleman" - usually a positive comment with well understood implications. Being a "man" isn't always considered positive since it can be sexist, but it usually is positive.
What about being a "lady", or being "ladylike" - they don't seem to have the same positive connotations. Or at least they only seem positive in older women, whereas even a young man being a "gentleman" is positive.
"ladylike" seems to me to imply an archaic frailness that is not broadly desirable in the modern world.
Maybe I just have a strange view and other people don't get the same reaction to the words.
What are the attributes of a lady? What sort of positive images should be associated with the concept. What words?