While I often hear people say “chivalry is dead,” I wonder if it’s actually going through a renaissance. And then I got this email from, Mark, a listener, questioning what modern efforts for gender equality are doing to traditional romance:
Not being a millenial I wouldn’t know. So I, like other members of your audience, would be interested in a discussion of the following question, perhaps for this year’s Valentine’s Day show.
Q: With its ongoing support for gender equality and the subsequent blurring of traditional roles, has new wave feminism made classic chivalry obsolete in the millennial male’s romantic repertoire? And if so, do women secretly harbour a lingering nostalgia over its loss?
The rules are changing quickly. A primer on acceptable (courting) behaviour and current dating expectations would be helpful not only for the younger set but for their uninitiated/uninformed parents (moi). Respect, of course, is primary. But has it a new face?
Certain equivalencies will always apply. For those of us happy to reformulate, (x²+y²-1)³ – x²y³ = 0 is one.
So I’ve asked Dr. Syras, my resident relationshipologist (and psychologist), to join me at 2:30pm CT to talk about this (listen live here). Now I just have to put in a call to a mathematician, and we’ll be set.