One of the biggest challenges transgender women face is how to behave femininely. This is usually because they were brought up as males. Nevertheless, in order to transition to the woman you always were, you need to learn womanly etiquette. As a trans woman, you need to realize that the way you behave is just as important as your appearance. Dressing stylishly and then acting badly will not project a feminine image.
To learn womanly etiquette, you must first know what etiquette is. Etiquette can be defined as doing and saying things appropriately in each situation. Here are a few points that will help you learn and practice womanly etiquette.
Your greeting is the first interaction you have with another person, and your etiquette is crucial to making a good impression. However, greetings can be a potential source of embarrassment. This is particularly true of feminine greetings because there are a number of different styles depending on your culture, relationship with the other person, and situation. As a rule of thumb, greetings that involve kissing and hugging should be reserved for close friends or relatives. If you are still not sure how to great someone, let them take the lead. It is also important to mention that no matter the style you should look at the person you are greeting in the eyes and smile warmly.
Avoid Laughing Loudly
As a woman, it is important you know how to smile and laugh in a feminine fashion. Laughing loudly might attract the wrong attention and have a negative impact on your feminine image. Also, when you smile, ensure that it is a genuine smile. People will notice if you are faking, and you will come across as insincere.
Use Polite Words
Words such as “please” and “thank you” are perfect examples of easy ways you can improve your etiquette as a woman. Always be polite to people not only with your words but also with your actions. This applies to both things you do and don’t do. For example, paying attention to only one person when others are present might come across as rude. You should always strive to make everyone feel comfortable and appreciated when in a group setting.
Mind Your Table Manners
Table manners say a lot about a woman. When having a meal with other people, you should make sure that you are well versed in table etiquette. This includes how to use your napkin, when and how you use the utensils, and even how you hold your wine glass. For example, at a formal dinner, your napkin should be placed on your lap as soon as you are seated. It should remain there unless you are leaving the table.
In conclusion, although etiquette might not be the sexiest part of being a woman, it is an inherent part of being female and, therefore, cannot be overlooked.