What manliness is all about

Where feminist ideology prevails, egalitarianism replaces chivalry. If men and women are equal and the same, then women do not expect or inspire service — indeed, they may be actively contemptuous of men or claim to be utterly independent of them.

If patriarchy is the root of all evil and men are superfluous to the fulfillment of women (as some feminists claim), there is no call for knightly behavior.

As the natural, inherent distinctions between men and women are increasingly denied — even in military institutions and in the armed services — chivalry is forgotten. Chivalry can flourish only when a culture clearly defines the meaning of masculinity and femininity. A gentleman knows that a woman deserves to be treated in special, considerate, sensitive ways that are reflected in manners, speech, and courtesy. If men and women look alike, dress alike, talk alike, and act alike, then the mysterious, idealistic, or romantic relationship between men & women disappears.

Knightliness and gentlemanliness also flourish when women hold men to high standards, expecting them to be magnanimous, gallant, civilized, and chaste. The ideals that women instill in boys, and that they expect of men, determine the moral level of a society.

Do sex-education courses, coeducational dormitories, and condom distribution in schools promote the chivalrous treatment of women, or do they encourage the lustful exploiting of women for selfish pleasure?

Without the virtue of chastity governing the relationships between men and women, the respect due to a woman’s honor is absent.

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Submitted by Doria2