“Chivalry” knows no gender, and Belle could tell it had never known Gaston
[I originally posted this as a text post so I’m redoing it as a photoset since that is more compatible with some layouts than text format]
Ugh… when it’s expected of and…
Funny thing about everyone complaining that you’re using chivalry wrong… chivalry as it was intended for knights had sweet fuck-all to do with being nice to ladies. Chivalrous knights could be complete arseholes. It was about an individual’s status as an owner of a war-horse (from chevalier, meaning horse-man).
- Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions.
- Thou shalt defend the Church.
- Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.
- Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born.
- Thou shalt not recoil before the enemy.
- Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy.
- Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.
- Thou shalt never lie, and shalt remain faithful to thy pledged word.
- Thou shalt be generous, and give largesse to everyone.
- Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.
Dick-all in there about opening doors for women. It was mostly a means of encouraging knights to behave themselves during peacetime.
The meaning of the word has changed wildly over the centuries. Why can’t it change again to lose the gendered association?