I've been watching some good old "Dr Quinn Medicine Woman" re-runs lately, and it's made me think a lot about the Women's Liberation Movement. This movement was also mentioned in the class at U of C on Tuesday.
I was wondering if perhaps there is a link between women wanting to be established as equal to men, and "chivalry being dead"? Maybe somewhere along the line, in the quest for equality, freedom, and rights for women, men decided that they no longer needed to act chivalrous towards their "equals"? Suppose men got to thinking that if women were now allowed to do things that 'only men were supposed to do', that they were no longer women. Not literally, but that they no longer should be treated with the same mannerisms.
Or perhaps the new independant female attitude has made men feel that women do not want men to act chivalrous any longer? The "I don't need a man" attitude has maybe scared men into thinking that women no longer want to be 'swept off their feet'?
Just something I've been thinking about lately.
As I watch Dr Quinn, I find it so infuriating to see the predominant opinion of a woman's role. Of course, the opinion is that of men. To have hot meals on the table when her husband got home, take care of the children, and keep the house clean. As if she did not have anything better to do with her time, or any other things she wanted to do. A women had no right to vote. A women should not be a doctor, or anything of any importance. A women should not be opinionated....
However, you see a little more chivalry in that time period. Not with all the men, but with many. They took good care of their wives and children, and protected them from harm. They spent months courting their wives, and built them the perfect house before getting married.
It's interesting to compare the differences.
I think that there are still chivalrous men today. I just think that less men find it important or appealing. They don't think it matters anymore.
I think it does. Maybe not every woman will agree with me, but I think quite a few would. I think equality is important also. A guy has to be able to accept (and love) that a woman can be a great student or doctor or carpenter or whatever. But I still think that there should be chilvary. And I still think a relationship should have romance.