Congratulations ladies. You did it. After 45-ish years, it has finally been accomplished. You won...and may you "enjoy" the fruits of your labors. Before I go farther, I think I should clarify to whom I am speaking. To the femi-nazis, and HARDCORE feminists, I salute you. You have killed chivalry, and the concept that women should be appreciated, respected, and honored.
How is this you ask? I wish I could find the article I read online to link to, so you shall just have to believe me when I say that this was for real. In last weeks edition of
You have fought for about 45 years for equal pay (yay), equal rights (double yay), right to be on the front lines in combat (uhhh), right to vote (rock on), etc. You have fought so hard to be seen as equal to a man, in virtually every area, that most men have HAD to treat you as one of the guys. Does a guy give up his seat to another guy? Hell no. Does he refrain from farting, belching, and scratching his balls around guys? I repeat myself, Hell no. Does it surprise you then that men no longer are embarrassed about doing it in front of you? For some reason, you are. In fact you are offended by it. Why? You wanted equal? You got equal. It is a known fact, guys are sick and perverted and will laugh at pretty much any joke. Be it crude, lewd, or offensive. So, they tell these jokes to each other, not caring (anymore) if there are women around? Why? Because they have been taught to think/treat you as an equal. In a guy's mind equal = guy. So what happens when a woman hears those jokes? especially the sexist ones? She gets pissed and slaps a sexual harassment charge/lawsuit on him. And what does the guy do? He scratches his head and goes WTF?
These are the extreme examples of how chivalry is dead. How about the small examples? The ones that truly show the sorry case that chivalry is in? How often does a guy give up his seat to a lady? Almost never. Oh wait..."lady." Let me restate...woman, girl, child, dame, skirt, hooker...female. How about holding a door for her? Going out to dinner and sliding in her chair? Refraining from bodily functions in her presence? Unlocking her door first when getting into the car? RESPECT her, not only when alone but when out in public?
People watch some time. Sit in a mall, parking lot, sidewalk cafe. Keep a mental tally of that VERY short list of chivalrous acts I just gave. After an hour, you might run out of fingers on one hand. Might. You have wanted equality for so long, you got it; and our little girls are reaping the extraneous "benefits" of it. They are no longer cherished, respected, loved, treasured, or taken care of. Men now look at them as they do other men, what do they have that I can use, benefit from, and enjoy. Congratulations, you did it.
There are still small glimmers of chivalry. Like the death throes of a headless chicken, parts still move even though the body no longer lives. Some men still hold open doors and give up seats. Some men still respect women for being the special creatures that they are. Some even slide in the chairs of their wives, girlfriends, mistresses. I saw that last one happen this last weekend. Haven't seen it done in years. Not since one of my high-school banquets actually. Yes, even these men don't always act it, but they try. They try to show the better way to the generations coming up, and the generations that are already here. Don't worry, given enough time, you might even be able to stamp out these last couple of sparks. We don't want it to resurge now do we? Let those sparks free and they might burn out of control and you will lose ALL you have worked for.
Oh, that author that wrote the article? Was a guy. I can only infer through his outrage that he was one of the ones standing on that bus, as he would be the worst two-faced jerk to rant and not have given up HIS seat.
I apologize on behalf of MAN-kind for losing the fight for chivalry. Equal rights, pay, voting, etc I give you total props for winning. For winning in the battle of chivalry, I say I'm sorry we lost. For every jerk that let a door slam in your face after he went through it, for every bastard that has disrespected you in word, deed, or action...I say I'm sorry. I apologize personally as well. I have done those things and more because of being self-centered and not thinking. I try not too, and some days are better than others, but it still happens. Does anybody notice when I do act the chivalrous gentleman? Maybe, maybe not. I don't care. This isn't for you, it's for me.