What happened to chivalry?

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Photo credit: Minerva Studio / Shutterstock

Heads up! Some men might find this offensive, but so what? I travel a lot and in my journeys of planes, trains, and automobiles — even ships — I have noticed a disturbing trend over the past decade or so. I see men sitting on their behinds while women — sometimes elderly women at that — stand and hold onto handrails, or hand grasps, for dear life. Back in the day, men gave up their seats for women. A few still do, but not many.

Now the argument could be made that women want equal rights these days and that this should not be an issue. I call that BS and excuses. Good manners have nothing to do with equal rights. While there is really nothing that can be done about rude male strangers, women need to check their men and sons who are doing the wrong thing. I see women all the time opening up car doors for themselves, holding building doors open for men, and other nonsense. The younger generation of males is falling by the wayside because they are not being taught good manners. My sons have been taught but I see many others who have not been schooled on the basics.

Men should be opening doors, pulling out chairs, giving up seats, letting women go first, and that is only the beginning. The next time you see a man sitting on his behind while a woman is standing, give him the side eye and see if he gets the point. If you are a man and you know you are not doing the right thing, start acting properly. Your feet might hurt a little from standing, but you will work it out.

Zane
Zane

Zane is the NY Times Bestselling Author of dozens of titles, the Publisher of Strebor Books and Infinite Words, divisions of Simon and Schuster, and the Creator, Scriptwriter and Executive Producer of both television and film.

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