Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Chivalry


I submit: Chivalry is the pretty face of male chauvinism. Men who act chivalrously towards women are men who think women should stay in the kitchen. If we should be courteous, we should be so towards everyone. If we should give someone an advantage, we should do so because that person is either pregnant or has a disability. But I won't give someone an advantage simply because of her gender; same as I don't expect that my gender automatically grants me any privileges. We Filipinos think that the chivalry ingrained in our culture is a positive thing. The reality is, chivalry teaches men that women are weak and inferior. It teaches women that they are not the equals of men. I reject that.

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