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Chivalry...and Manners...and Confusion

I gave an interview yesterday regarding the place of “chivalry” in modern society…whether it is a dead concept, and how a “gentleman” should respond when his polite behaviour is met with derision by a woman.
But what is chivalry?  In his study of Chivalry,The Broad-Stone of Honour,Kenelm Henry Digbyoffered the following definition: 'Chivalry is only a name for that general spirit or state of mind which disposes men to heroic actions, and keeps them conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the intellectual and moral world.'
The Oxford dictionary defines chivalry as: courteous behaviour, especially that of a man towards women:he still retained a sense of chivalry towards women.

While 50 years ago it was normal for a man to pay his date’s way, hold the door open for a woman and pull her chair out at a restaurant, today’s etiquette is not so simple.  As I was quoted in the article in The West Australian: “I get phone calls about this all the time.  A man once told me that…