If you're not ready to marry, you're not ready to date.
As a quick aside, if you are a single man and you would not describe yourself as ready to be married within a year, think about why that is.
I mentioned the woman's father or family because until the second half of the 20th century, that's largely how it was done.
The idea was to protect the woman from potential hurt or awkwardness, to aid her in evaluating a man whom she might not have known well at the time of his initiation, and to help ensure that the relationship was carried out honorably.
Don't be fooled; Your Tango has rounded up a list of all things that make up a true gentleman below. And if you are dating in the here and now, you know where the boys are: on Tinder, on Match, on the street, making vulgar statements about what they'd like to do with you and where. He dressed and spoke well, loved better, and had a great sense of humor, sometimes of questionable taste.