Chivalry and Modesty

"In the eighteenth century, it may have seemed as if the philosophy of the Enlightenment would liberate gender.  Over two hundred years later, we see that all it achieved was to make us ashamed of our sexual identity, especially those aspects of it which make men and women different.  Rather than being able to glory in our identity as men and women created in the image of God, we are made to feel ashamed of the very concept of manhood and womanhood, while the emblems of our sex are reduced to symbols of servitude and conformity. This puts both chivalrous behavior and modesty at a low ebb, since these presupposes certain things about our humanity.  Chivalry assumes, for example, that women ought to be treated in a special way because they are women, just as feminine modesty proclaims that women ought to dress in a certain way because they are women.  When a man embraces his calling to look after and protect women, or when a woman embraces her obligation to dress modestly, they are both proclaiming that there is a fundamental difference between the sexes. These very differences are what the Enlightenment began to undermine." From "The Gender Benders." To read the entire article, click here

2 thoughts on “Chivalry and Modesty

  1. Chivalry, in the old days, was not so “golden” as one might like to imagine. Noble women were respected as the “fair sex” but peasants were routinely trampled, raped and abused. :-(
    No age of humanity has ever been perfect. It’s dangerous to idealize a culture.

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