Chivalry, now here’s a word that’s thrown around quite a lot, yet often in a rather disparaging way. It can feel as though in the same breath that you hear “Chivalry is dead.” you’ll hear something about how patronizing chivalrous guys can act toward women or something of the sort – and I call bunk on both. Chivalry is simply a code of honor and self-respect that extends outward to others. Chivalry isn’t about a “boy’s club” mentality, or about treating women as delicate, lesser objects, or men as superior, or anything of that sort. Chivalry is akin to common courtesy (a bit of an oxymoron, but I know you get it, tee-hee) – and being courteous is a very, very wonderful thing, whether you are a man or a woman!
This sums the modern day definition of chivalry up quite nicely – Chivalry : The man who expects more from himself than the world expects from men. It’s perfect, just perfect!
Namaste ~ Ella
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