Chivalry By Another Name


This article gave me a good laugh yesterday:

Chicks Dig Sexist Guys, Research Finds –

Researchers from the University of Auckland, New Zealand report that “the endorsement of sexist ideology is linked to higher subjective wellbeing for both men and women.”

According to this study, “a man’s score on a test of ‘benevolent sexism’ – a view of women as ‘deserving of men’s adoration and protection’ – was directly correlated with his overall life satisfaction. Their results also indicated that women are happier in relationships with sexist men.”

Let us take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this phrase, benevolent sexism. Allow it to sink in. For if modern man has mastered (nay, perfected) anything, it is the Art of the Euphemism. We love bushes, especially the kind you can beat around.

To those who may be wondering, benevolent sexism is really just a mealy-mouthed tip of the tongue to the concept of chivalry. The former, however, is easier on our Enlightened Ears. Chivalry is a noble word, filled with the echo of That Which Is to Be Striven After. Benevolent sexism, on the other hand, sounds like a psychological disorder. Those who suffer from it deserve our pity – and our therapists.

10 thoughts on “Chivalry By Another Name”

  1. BENEVOLENT SEXISM? Oh come ON. Those poor women who have to deal with a deluded man actually treating her gently {horrors} and with respect and deference {screams in an agony of wounded feminism}! That must be just horrible for them!

    Is it that they want the whole “nobody cares about anybody else” thing to get worse? Aside from it’s beauty, tradition, biblical basis, awesomeness and in general makes-a-girl-feel-like-she-maters-ness, Chivalry is MANLY. It sometimes makes me ashamed to be a girl, seeing all the feminism stuff. Do we honestly think the best way to be respected is to attack the things that make men manly and worthy of respect?

    I’ve seen women refusing to accept a chivalrous act from a man. The behavior reminded me of a spoiled toddler. If this is being “liberated” I’d rather keep my “chains” and my self respect.

    Apologies for the rant.

  2. Well this is just another example of the confusion of society. I can just hear the feminists in an uproar about these women putting us back in the dark ages. I feel bad for the guys out there who honestly can’t figure out whether to disregard the manners their mothers taught them and tryng to let the women feel independent. This drives me up the wall. Regardless, you’ve made a follower out of me.

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