The end of chivalry?

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The end of chivalry?

Published: Fri 15 Jul 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 15 Jul 2016, 2:00 AM

I'd first heard of chivalry - in the literate sense, that is - when I read about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Whereas we tend to think of it (loosely, at least) as a man jumping up to open the door for a woman, or offering her his seat in the Metro, chivalry, etymologically, comes from an Old French term - chevalerie. translated, it means "horse soldiery". But that's alright, if you know what I mean. Knights were known for their military bravery and service unto others, which coalesced into chivalry; if someone is heroic enough to die for a cause and will always ride that extra mile to help the needy and the downtrodden, he would most likely offer his Metro seat to a lady. The problem is feminists don't quite agree with this line of thinking. Someone just told me, "If I expect a man to be chivalrous and open the door for me each time I pass through one, then there's nothing to stop him from expecting me to be a good cook." Stereotypes. That men ought to be gallant and protective, while women should be caring and nurturing. All of those attributes are under the scanner. So is chivalry not what it used to be during the days of Lochinvar and Sir Lancelot and Don Quixote? Let's find out, shall we?
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Enjoy reading wknd. and have a great weekend.


Sushmita Bose

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