I have to say, I was always brought up to be chivalrous. My Mum taught me to open up a door for a lady, give them a seat when on the train or bus, and if she was carrying a heavy item, offer to carry it for her. They were the actions of a ‘gentleman’.
According to a recent poll however, I seem to be part of a dying breed. It has been revealed that women are 12% more likely to say hello to a complete stranger, 10% more likely to pass on their used travelcard and 7% more likely to hold a door open for you.
Why Aren’t we Gentleman?
The question is, why? One theory, and one I subscribe to, is that guys a truly nervous of offending anyone.
Our overly PC society says that women, rightfully, are the equal of men. Therefore any action which implies they are weaker is deeply offensive. Why do you need to open that door, can’t they do it themselves? Why do they need that seat? Can’t they carry that package on their?
Guys really don’t want to be called a sexist pig so they refrain from any activity that puts them in a position where some militant feminist can accuse them of being such.
Also, guys are very worried that a ‘chivalrous’ action can be taken badly for another reason. What if some woman thinks that he is after something, just because he has performed an act of kindness? Does he want his name going round the office as a dirtbag? Of course not.
A Powerful Voice Against Chivalry
You think I am going over the top? Well just remember what Equalities Minister Jo Swinson said last year. She said it would have been sexist for her male colleagues in Parliament to offer her a seat while she was heavily pregnant, because they thought she ‘needed’ it. This is the person who is in charge of equality in the country and she is openly saying that chivalry is sexist.
The problem with this is that normal acts of kindness are now being shied away from. The reason guys do nice things is usually, wait for it, because they want to be nice, not because of sexism or because they are trying it on.
In today’s cold world, sometimes an act of kindness can bring some light into someones life. No PC, militant feminist will stop me acting a gentleman to any lady.
And neither should it stop any of you lads out there!
Since then, he has specialised in articles on the battle for equal rights for sex workers, sexual health, as well as bringing the readers fun news from around the world. He also has a major interest in LGBT rights, and is an active campaigner in this field.
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