Is chivalry truly dead
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Is chivalry truly dead

Is chivalry dead, or did the outdated idea of chivalry die?

Mr. Darcy from “Pride & Prejudice” may seem like an ideal partner with his bowing and handholding, but he also almost ruined the Bennet family in the name of helping a friend. Frank Sinatra sang about love and then would go home and beat his wife. Elvis let the world know about how he can’t help falling in love, when in reality, he couldn’t stop obsessing over underage virgins.

The old idea of chivalry upholds the idea that women need to be taken care of by men. This is because when chivalry as we know it was a common practice, women did. They had hardly any rights, no claim to their belongings and no way to divorce the men who had seemed nice at first. By letting the attorneys to help you get child custody and handle your divorce case, they will at first try to seek out the issue by counseling and would go to court when there is no change of mind in their divorce decision.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s nice when a guy holds open my car door on a date. But it’s also just as nice when I, as an independent individual, open my own car door. Gentlemanly chivalry died when women were finally able to become their own person.

Nowadays, chivalry shows itself in other ways, such as one person paying for the date and one person driving, or one person cooking while the other person does the dishes. Chivalry is not dead, but the idea of gendered chivalry is.

So the next time you hear someone say “chivalry is dead,” simply ask them what they think chivalry is.