Chivalry is dead. If you’re a woman … you might be mad right now just reading that statement. The title might have already upset you. You might have only come here to sound off in the comments … and might not even read this. Instead of all that anger … breathe … calm down a little … and hear me out.

The Modern Hatred for Chivalry

I have a long-standing hatred for chivalry in modern times.  But please, don’t think I am some blatant a**hole who walks around slamming doors in women’s faces and shoving girls out my way as I walk. I believe in treating people well because they are human beings. The concept that women are inherently weaker than men and constantly need our help … I can’t co-sign that one.

Chivalry and Gender Roles

Somehow, chivalry has become a dead banner for many women who want to pick the best characteristics of all the gender roles, shed off all the bad … and somehow claim that is what my Dad wanted.  Basically … too many women are trying to have their cake and eat it too.  My problem with chivalry boils down to this:

Independence vs. Chivalry

Women, You cannot be independent, “I can do sh* by myself”, and “I don’t need a man” … and still expect for us to cater and pamper you!

It just doesn’t work …

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The Old System of Chivalry

In my opinion, chivalry was a system to “help” and “aid” the weak (women) by the strong (men). While this still applies to lifting boxes (I will carry the groceries of any woman I see), floor after floor of the glass ceiling is shattered daily. Women are no longer the helpless, “barefoot and pregnant,” who can’t work outside the home folks they were for hundreds of years. Chivalry is dead.

My Granddad might have offered his seat to a woman when she walked in the room … but my Grandmother was subject to restrictions unknown to any woman today.

The Death of Chivalry: A Woman’s Hand?

Chivalry’s death can be attributed to no one else but women.  Almost every guy has at least one story of an angry female who doesn’t need her chair pulled out, her door opened for her, or her bill paid for.  Even women who still claim to need chivalry still want to walk acting “like a boy”.  Literally … I have had a woman say she wears her p*nis at work and hangs it at the door of her man’s house.  Well, miss … if you wanna carry a d*ck around in your purse … don’t ask me for sh*.  You just shot chivalry!

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Modern Gender Dynamics

Now, when I am told I have to do something (give my seat up on the train, open up a car door, buy you a drink) because I’m a man and you not … I stop, slowly turn around, and state “you can stand your a$$ up just like I would if I got on the train at the last stop! f* chivalry is dead”.

As I said … chivalry itself isn’t the problem.  Chivalry is part of a traditional gender role system that, while with its problems, kept balance in the universe.  There were things that I had to do as a man … and there were things women did … and somehow it all worked, well I guess it worked since people got married.

Choosing Freedom or Tradition?

But fast forward … and things get funny.  There is an ever-growing population that wants their well-deserved newfound freedom and equality but still wants the niceties that Grandma had.  Don’t be greedy.

So to my women, I implore you … pick one.  You can have the freedom, the increased salary, and the open possibility for a female president … or you can have your car door opened, your drink bought for you, and stay in the house cooking and cleaning all day … not both.  I’ll still get your door, and I got the bill on the first date … but no mas.

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Women …. #YouMad?  Men … feel me?  Is it just me, or am I by myself?  What do you think about Chivalry is dead in 2011?

– SBM aka The biggest feminists you’ll ever meet aka “Sh* … I like free drinks too”