(urth) The Chivalrous Society?
bob_bageera at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 19 17:23:37 PDT 2006
>the safety and protection of women continues to be of
>higher priority than protection of men in our society. Chivalry
>colors our social outlook so universally it is hard to see it.
I heartily disagree.
What do you mean by "our society?" The US? North
America and western Europe? Your own social sphere?
Because I just don't see it.
Well, I do know the reflexive courtesy I consider synonymous with chivalry
that some show women is usually quite appreciated. At my age I only get
smiles of thankyou and deference due to that age and I appreciate those.
While we have a much much less chivalrous societal base now than before ~
1975, it is true that we have many customs that are based on that code. For
example, the USMarineC does not, as a policy, put owmen in combat positions.
On the other hand as eminent a sociologist as Dr. Greeley has stated in
print that one of the effects of "women's lib" seems to be a major blow to
chivalry (# of rapes and date rapes on campus up dramatically over the past
To be clear on my own part, "all morality comes from women and children
first" --RAH and he meant into the lifeboat first, is the base of my own
behavior. Besides, either the smile or view of some walking away makes my
eyes feel better.
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