Tanner Kerns p4
Is Chivalry dead? For those who don’t know, Chivalry is the qualities idealised by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry towards women. Or a manifestation of these qualities. As you can tell a lot has changed since the beginnings of the word with its origins in medieval Europe, but not died. It is just different. That is why chivalry has evolved.
Some people believe that chivalry is seen as a sign of a patriarchal society such as Sabrina Schaeffer (Executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum), who said “ Men who hold
doors are now viewed as part of the patriarchal society”. According to this point of view, a man holding a door for a woman can easily be accused of sexism, or is assumed to have ulterior motives. This mainstream way of thinking makes men less likely to be “Chivalrous”, even if they want to be.
Our society today does not seem to want Chivalry. Women as a whole have become a lot more independent, so some “oldfashioned” things such as holding doors open, or pulling out a chair for a girl may make some angry, but it does not make chivalry dead. Krissy Moore states that “It’ NOT that we think as a MAN you HAVE to do these things for us, it comes from the idea of showing you care and WANT to because it’s what YOU think is right”.
Chivalry has evolved in the sense that it is not the act that matters itself, but the thought and intent behind the act. When being Chivalrous one does not expect any type of reward the point of it is to improve yourself as a human being. It can also be viewed as common courtesy, so it should be expected.
Another way of viewing its evolution is from the way we view relationships, and the impact music and social media has had on those views. The lyrics of most music nowadays can be seen as disrespectful to women and people often look up to musicians as role models, or they ...
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