In the late 1800’s, it was expected of African Americans to serve and protect white people
African Americans were expected to hold the door and pull the chair for white people.
Not only that, but if a white person hit a black person, it was considered weird, but still acceptable. But, a black person could never, ever hit a white person, even in self defense.
And if a white person falsely accused a black person of a crime, society was so biased in favor of white people, that they immediately assumed the black person to be guilty.
Dear reader, does this strike anything to you?
Hint: Those codes are exactly what modern society expects of men to do for women.
Don’t believe me?
Men are expected to serve and protect women in a life-threatening scenario. A ship is sinking? Ha! Ladies first. Men later.
Men are expected to hold the door specifically for women, pull the chair for them, and lend them their jackets on cold nights. But women aren’t expected to do the same for men.
It is considered slightly weird if a woman beats a man, but it is absolutely depraved even if a man hits a woman in self defense.
If a woman falsely accuses a man of rape, then most of society will almost immediately side with the woman and antagonize the man, even if there isn’t sufficient evidence to logically do so.
The fundamental basis of chivalry builds on the idea that women are dependent on men, and therefore, men must kindly serve women.
This makes girls think that they’re somehow inferior than men.
Um, no, that’s not true. Girls are perfectly capable human beings. Girls are not some idiotic and inferior creatures dependent on men to pull the chairs for them.
This makes boys think that they’re charged with the duty to protect girls. They are taught to value a girl’s life more than their own.
Okay, now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that men shouldn’t hold doors to women or be polite to them.
I strongly believe that men should do so. But both men and women should do so, regardless of anybody’s gender.
Men should hold doors for women. Women should hold doors for men.
Men should hold doors for men. Women should hold doors for women.
The bottom line is, kindness and morality should apply to humans regardless of gender.
Chivalry clearly opposes that sort of justice and equality, literally in parallel to what toxic racism had done to African Americans in the late 1800’s.
I honestly believe that if future generations ever look back on us, they’ll scorn us for our sexism and hypocritical view on racism that existed in previous generations.