Thursday, April 24, 2014

Killing Chivalry

From James Sama:
As the saying goes, “If chivalry is dead, then women killed it.”

This, of course, is referring to the increasingly prominent ‘I can do it myself’ independent attitudes of women. But, there’s also another saying about not letting one rotten apple spoil the bunch, or bushel, or something like that. You get the point.

Take a peek at these surprising statistics:
  • Only one in seven men will offer their seat to a woman on a train or bus.
  • Over a third say they never assist mothers struggling with heavy prams (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System).
  • But only 7% of women view chivalrous acts as patronizing.
  • Three in five men appreciate women holding doors open for them.
I’ve bolded the third point above for a reason. Often times, men don’t perform chivalrous acts because they feel that it will be offensive to the woman. That it implies that she is not able to do something herself, which means everyone is missing the point of chivalry – showing respect to others.
Of course, there are a lot of men out there who don’t do these simple acts because they just need a lesson in manners, but that’s a whole other article. (Read more.)

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