Chivalry is a word that is thrown about quite a lot. While some say it’s dead, others insist on ‘opening doors for women’ because that’s the ‘right thing to do’.
A word that originates from the centuries old French word ‘chevalier’ or a ‘man of aristocratic standing’, ‘chivalry’ was essentially a qualification for being a knight during the medieval age. Given the origin, it is hard to imagine the term as being one that transcends the boundaries of gender.
Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t saying that that wouldn’t be ideal. But the real question is, does the youth think chivalry works from both man to woman and woman to man?
So we asked some young Indians to define chivalry, and interestingly, they had very different things to say. Here are our top 20.
1. “For men, the basic chivalrous act of opening the door for a woman. For women, not cutting queues just because you are a woman.” – Taruna Gandhi
13. “For a knight to not abduct, rape and kill women at their will, especially lower class women, because higher class European men in the Middle Ages were basically entitled ‘dipshits’, so any man extending courtesy to ALL women was so groundbreaking and honourable.” – Laboni Bhattacharya
19. “Giving respect to a person because of that person’s gender even if that person does not respect you. Example: Opening a door for your wife who asks for alimony and your property when she slept with your best friend.” – Madhav Mohan Menon