Equality vs. Chivalry

We’re a decade into the 21st century already, and women are still fighting the battle they have been fighting for centuries. The battle for gender equality rages on and women have never been able to obtain true equality. But is it because they’re asking for too much?

There are simple things that guys do that are instinctual. Giving up your seat on a bus for a lady is a good example.

Getting equal pay for doing the same job seems like something that would make sense. But at what point do women start passing men in privileges? It seems that women want to keep the pluses of being a woman while also getting the benefits of equality.

Whether it’s opening doors, sending roses, paying for meals or buying gifts, it is apparent that guys do their best to satisfy their love.

The stereotypical woman is someone who spends big bucks at the mall, and although not all women spend lavishly on themselves, some do. It’s a shame that these women spend their husband’s money so exorbitantly. It gives women a bad image.  On the other hand, many women make more money than their male counterparts, in which case, they should be able to spend freely.

Besides providing money, why do guys have to pay for meals? I mean, she is fighting for equal pay. With all that extra money, you’d think that paying for her half of a meal would be easy.

But I suppose that a guy has no choice but to abide by the code of chivalry if he wants to find a spouse or partner. For men, if you’re not chivalrous, you’re rude.  A middle ground doesn’t exist.

Chivalry and equality can’t coexist. If equality is truly the goal, chivalry has to go.

In the last hundred years, women have been knocking down barriers one after another. First getting the right to vote in 1920, then the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women have life better than ever. Treating others with respect and care is something we need in this world.

Maybe it’s time we stop worrying about the women, and start worrying about the men. I think it’s time that Congress actually gets something done and passes the Chivalry Equality Act of 2014.

Written by Steven Hong

Steven is now a senior at MC, and Co-Editor-In-Chief of the MC Sun. He enjoys playing volleyball and has been playing it for a number of years now. Besides volleyball, Steven enjoys to eat in his free time. He loves Italian food, Hot Cheetos, and anything that's high in sodium.

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