How Important is Chivalry?

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It seems like an outdated concept, chivalry -- and in the most traditional sense of the word, it is. Originally, chivalry dictated the code of conduct for medieval knights, who were charged with, among other things, protecting and honoring the weak, aka, women and children. The definition has evolved to include the utmost respect for the fairer sex, still including that sense of honor. But with virtually no women fitting the gender norms of medieval times, trying to be chivalrous can get you in trouble. Not all women are receptive to the constraints of a man supposedly looking out for their best interests. Women today do so much for themselves that the idea of a woman needing protection is almost insulting to some. However, many men are raised to believe just that and act accordingly.