Saturday, 17 November 2007

Chivalry

Just as a slight continuation of the last post, it is quite common for women to tut and mutter something along the lines of "I guess chivalry is dead then?", usually when you've just failed to submit to some whimsically outrageous demand of theirs, such as to carry something heavy for them.

A common mistake is to try and argue that chivalry has been comprimised by various and contradictorary demands in the post-feminist era, such as that offering to help a woman whose car has broken down may bring about allegations of being a sexist pig who views women as useless. This is wrong because it tackles the problem in a logical basis, and logic is not something women who utter such shit as "I guess chivalry is dead then?" have in great supply.

The best response I've managed to utter in that situation is:

"Chivalry isn't dead. You women just traded it in for sexual equality back in the sixties. Remember?"

Let me know if you have any better responses.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

"yeah it is dead cause' you killed it"

That always shuts them up.

Mike said...

"Sorry, I'm only chivalrous to those who deserve it."

Anonymous said...

"Eat shit you fcuking piece of shit"

should shut them up too.

monad said...

"Yeah" [smiles and walks away]

Anonymous said...

"I can treat you as a woman or as an equal, but not both. Take your pick."

Anonymous said...

Just don't stop and smile as you pass them, you could also shrug your shoulders to imply you have no clue, as this will rile them up more.

Blademonkey said...

"Nah, you just ain't worth it."

Delivered in a deep South Georgia drawl will hammer the point home harder than a 10 pound sledge.

Welcome back, Duncan!

Anonymous said...

That spoof feministing site put it quite well. 'We [...] must demand aristocratic levels of deference while never behaving with aristocratic levels of gentility.'

Anonymous said...

Yeah Chivalry is coming back with the Hula Hoop, Neru Jacket, Hot Pants, 8 Track Tape player. Sure thanks to Feminists and Women who demanded equality. You got exactly what Women asked for our Contempt. Bugger off Bitch.

patriarchal phoenix said...

"Chivalry is dependent on courtly behavior."

Then just walk off.

See if they even know what the term "courtly behavior" means.

Arnold Z said...

"You have no authority to tell me that". It sounds wimpy but it makes the point that you have left the matriarchy.

Welcome back, Duncan.

SEB said...

This reminds of a story that appeared in Sydney's Daily Telegraph Mirror, back in August 1998.

There was this young lady stranded in her car after it had stalled,after her car had been inundated with flood waters, following a torrential downpour. The article was titled "where is the Chivalry?", after no one (in particular any men), had stopped to render any assistance to the young woman. A couple of days later, in the letters to the editor column,a young man wrote the following letter in response to the above, it read:

"Ladies, you wanted equality, you got it!!!"

Anarchiste said...

Chivalry is dead....at long last!
May its rotten remains stay hidden from view forever.

Pete Patriarch said...

One comment I made really shook up this woman I had known for a few days... she was bringing something heavy up a flight of stairs, and expected me to hold the door open for her, or to carry her stuff for her - one of the above, can't remember.

So when the inevitable "So I guess chivalry is dead huh?" came up, I simply replied,

"Yeah, feminism killed it."

Pumpkinhead said...

"Chivalry died when women's gratitude died."

tba said...

"Chivarly is reserved for LADIES. I don't see any LADIES here".

Ed said...

"Chivalry" actually was a code of conduct of British knights hundreds of years ago. These rules regarded knightly conduct toward all people, not just women. The modern and 20th century usage of "chivalry" is mostly a point of propaganda aimed toward men in an attempt to make them believe they somehow have an unqualified and inheirent obligation to serve women. "Chivalry" actually disappeared about 300 years ago. The modern application of "chivalry" is a social fraud against men. But, if "chivalry" means "respectful and helpful conduct", then all people in a civil society (women included) should be chivalrous. Women should also be chivalrous to men if men are to be chivalrous in kind. Civil culture only expects chivalry to the chivalrous.

Anonymous said...

Good point ed
In short, if one is chivalrous then the chivalrous should receive at least some grace.
Good to see you back dunc

Anonymous said...

"I'm only chivalrous towards fair maidens" (maidens are female virgins) nuff said !

Hmh said...

"The Land Girls would have sorted it"

"I thought women could do anything"

But if they've asked nicely... why not. Several women at work have done things like hold doors for me. Mind you these are the happily married ones!

Anonymous said...

"Yeah, thanks god! Finally ..."

Anonymous said...

Chivalry? What's that?

Anonymous said...

Stare at them with a huge question mark on your face and say: "How do you spell that word?"
And then say:" Does it have anything to do with horses?".

Implant in their minds that the word is no longer in the Webster dictionary and that you haven't got a clue of what they are talking about.
Then they will know for sure that chivalry is really dead: men no longer remember the meaning of the word.


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