Every so often, the age-old “Is chivalry dead?” question gets wheeled out in the media. This results in an outpouring of responses both in the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps, ranging from
“Oh that kicked the bucket years ago”
“Most certainly not. My husband is the perfect gent”.
Recently though, the question has evolved from merely enquiring on it’s health like you would an old aunt to something quite unpleasant in undertone – “is chivalry sexist?”
Rather than leave you dangling like a fish on the end of my hook, I’ll confirm straight away that I feel it’s complete poppycock to think that an act of kindness could be in any way construed as sexist behaviour.
The latest storm in a teacup occurred following the results of a recent study conducted by an American university (in Boston, to be precise). From what I have read, the research looked at the different kinds of sexism in men and concluded that chivalry was ‘benevolent sexism’.
Now, when one thinks of the term ‘chivalry’, the medieval times spring to mind. Perhaps noble and completely fictitious chaps like King Arthur and Sir Lancelot. Now, if you’re like me and you’re a fan of the works of Monty Python, the Holy Grail film may now also be featuring quite largely in your thoughts.