So, I was listening to the radio a couple days ago and there was a typical male/female duo explaining how men need to “step-it-up” when it comes to “treating women with respect” and “being chivalrous.” And then we all nod our heads and say, “Yes, that sounds right.” Right? I’m not totally convinced. What if I was to say this: “If a man treats a woman with chivalry in this day-and-age it may actually REDUCE his chances of ‘success’?” That’s right. I put ‘success’ in single quotes. Why 4 I do this? Well, that’s another post, isn’t it?
Okay, so I will play this game. I will agree that men need to be more chivalrous if-and-only-if… the following: So, check it out. Romance and erotica novels are selling hand-over-fist right now. RIGHT NOW! In ebook, in hardcover, in softcover, in smoke-signal. So all I want is one tale featuring a mild-mannered dude who treats women with respect and is chivalrous. Just give me one, okay? Not two. Not three. Ah, women, so complicated. Asking for things that you don’t really want –> Waiter! Bring me a basket of sulfuric acid and be snappy about it, I’m thirsty!
Look, can I share a secret? Woman don’t really want equality in a relationship. They want dominance. Because if they could only control a man that dominates them, oh the possibilities!
So, I was going to write this post about something, wasn’t I? Oh yeah, chivalry is a social contract. It doesn’t really make any darn sense for men to do a bunch of stuff for women so that women will have sex with them. Come on, we know you like it too. Chivalry is supposed to be a social contract. A social contract has balance. You do something for us, we do something for you. If we pay for all the dinners, open all the doors, pull out all the chairs, fight off all the bullies, etcetera — we want something more than just sex!
We want laundry, cooking, cleaning, childcare — all the things that I’m a jerk for even mentioning in this post. Oh well. Now those things will be outsourced (in a half-assed, ineffectual manner) to people who don’t really care.
But, even if you wanted to give these things to us, you can’t. Technological machines do more-and-more of the cooking and cleaning. Technology entertains and parents the youth. The roles of the woman and the roles of the man have been replaced by steel and microchips. We’re being pushed, closer-and-closer, into one grey mush of a uni-gender. But the vestiges of gender roles remain in our stories – stoking the fires of desire for a hope of gender revival.