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The Death of Chivalry
The original gentleman was born in the Middle Ages, and was a man of noble birth and title. The original gentleman was not expected to be chivalrous and amiable. Chivalry: honesty, fair treatment, and the grand respect for ladies, were the traits of knights. Upon the extinction of the knight, the gentleman adopted a knights temperament. In Jane Austen’s time, late 18th and early 19th century England, a gentleman was of both high birth and respectable manners. The essence of a gentleman, as John Ruskin put it “is what the word says, that he comes from a pure gens, or is perfectly bred. After that, gentleness and sympathy, or kind disposition and fine imagination.” As the centuries went by and the world evolved, this regard for disposition in general culture has decreased. Today, women often complain that “chivalry is dead”. However, this is not quite the case. The evolution of media over the last 200 years has been tied to the image of a man, from a knight in shining armor to a man with shiny muscles. Chivalry is not dead, but rather suppressed by the public image of masculinity.
In Jane Austen’s time, all men, gentlemen included, lead all aspects of life. Men owned the businesses, ruled the countries, supported the family, drove the carriages, butchered the cows, married off their daughters - their masculinity was their power. Their power was their masculinity. But alas, single men did not have power over single women, and a gentlemen’s grace was the only way to charm a woman into marriage, and thus secure full and unbreached power.
Being masculine has, of course, always been tied to not being feminine. In Jane Austen’s time, the difference between masculinity and femininity was much simpler than it is today. Men wore pants, women wore dresses. Men paid the bills and women crocheted. Being gentlemanly, polite, courteous and gracious were all traits expected of men and women alike. Women began to evolve their definition of femininity, and masculinity was forced to change with it. In 1919 women gained the right to vote. Rosie the Riveter, and thousands of other American women proved their economic worth during World War II. In the 1960’s, women started regularly wearing pants, and the birth control pill was released. Women fought for the power to control their own lives, and they won.
Today, all men, gentlemen included, do not have nearly as much power in their possession as they once did. As women gained independence, men lost control, and they struggled to prove their masculinity through other means. Thus begins the evolution of the modern man. In the 1960’s, sexuality had begun to make an appearance in media. Men were introduced to the idea of a “bachelor”, and playboy magazine was published. With the popularization of the pill, the public began to accept the sexualy active single woman. On the cusp of new era of sexuality and facing a steady decline of their power, men replaced gentlemanly manners with racey, and blantanly sex-motivated seduction. Masculinity became the ability to convince a woman to take off her clothes. Unable to comprehend their ebbing control in the workforce and at home, sex became a tool men used to once again feel dominant, in power, and, in their eyes, masculine.
The other key component in modern masculinity is physical strength. While many traits that previously set boundaries between femininity and masculinity were changing, the evolutionary basics were of course staying the same. Testosterone graces men with muscle growth and natural physical power. In the Medieval Era, knights used their strength to fight chivalrously. In Jane Austen’s time, men used their strength to provide for their families. Men have always had strength, but until the modern age and the augmentation of sex culture, how toned a man’s body was did not affect his public or private image of masculinity. Along with the ability to seduce a woman into your bed, modern masculinity is about having the muscles to attract the women, and hold on to them.
Gentlemanly manners have thus been pushed aside by sexuality and brute strength. Although, if a man attempts to be gentlemanly now, modern women, feminists in particular, sometimes take offence. The women complaining about the lack of chivalry may be hypocritical. The feminist movement was centralized in the idea that women should become independent of men. Feminists began to see gentlemanly actions - like men opening doors for women - as patronizing, as if the woman could not open the door for herself. On the other hand, these independent and progressive young women still expect men to buy them flowers and pay the bill on a date. The change in gender roles over the last 200 years has confused gender identity, and the public expectations for gender specific behavior have become difficult to comprehend.
From knights to Mr. Darcy to Channing Tatum, masculine ideals and chivalrous mannerisms have been evolving. While Channing Tatum may take his shirt off much more than Mr. Darcy ever did, he does not lack the ability to develop chivalrous habits. Women today complain about the death of the gentleman, although the women, and their influence on the convoluted course of gender evolution, may have been the killers. Gentlemanly manners came to be both out of kindness and out of the concept of male superiority. If chivalry is to come back to life, its connotations with male superiority must be discarded, as it has no relevance today. Men and women who choose to disregard both the old and the new construed definitions of gender, can naturally choose to act gentlemanly. A gentleman, or gentlewoman will be chivalrous simply to show he or she enjoys the company of their companion, and continue in a happy state of gender harmony.
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I’m calling him Doctor O the Statistics Bro.
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and to the husbands that stick by their wives regardless of wether they can have a child
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