In the past I’ve addressed the matter of chivalry, but never in a fully satisfactory manner. I decided to take up the matter today. The full scope of my new commentary can be seen here. It’s essential that we address the topic again…and again as the situation of modern man has not changed. Equality and Chivalry cannot coexist in a just society, in my view. It is important for us to open up a dialogue. Here’s what I specifically cover:
Well, what is chivalry? Here’s six definitions: 1. the sum of the ideal qualifications of a knight, including courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms, 2. the rules and customs of medieval knighthood, 3. The medieval system or institution of knighthood, 4. a group of knights, 5. gallant warriors or gentlemen, 6. a chivalrous act or gallant deed.
On its face, how much of it applies to the present day? Apart from number six. Wikipedia describes chivalry as a term related to the medieval institution of knighthood. It is usually associated with ideals of knightly virtues, honour and courtly love. Today, the terms chivalry and chivalrous are used to describe courteous behavior, especially that of men towards women.
Now that’s the crux of it in a nice tight male chastity belt. The idea is that man is Deferential to woman. He defers, he lauds, he makes way, he privileges which is the entire reason why men in western societies suffer in 2008. For the last forty years all we have heard is equality, equality, equality which is a fine and noble concept but one intrinsically incompatible with chivalry.
And chivalry continues to pulsate. Oh, it isn’t about merely opening doors for women. It’s about male judges letting female criminals off the hook and male prosecutors refusing to bring up charges against female defendants while grosses of male politicians back anti-male legislation like VAWA and the gigantic travesty of sexual harassment law.
For decades men have been asking women an emphatic question: “Are you equal or are you special?” To which they have replied…“YES.” And yes is no answer at all. It is essential for us to operationize a solution to this quandary if we are ever going to forge a just society. Women cannot have it both ways. They’re either equal or they’re special…but never both.
I’ll add to this analysis either today or tomorrow.