Chivalry is dead!

It is time for men to stop behaving badly. As a father of a daughter I’m deeply concerned about the treatment of women by “men” these days. Read the papers, watch the news. It feels like every week there is another Harvey Weinstein being accused of treating women like a drunken frat boy. (Sadly, I’ve been working on this for about a week and in that time 6 more “men” have been accused of bad behaviour)

I’m amazed at the courage women have shown by coming forward and telling their stories. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be and they should be applauded for their courage.

Oxford describes a gentlemen as: A chivalrous, courteous, or honourable man. Chivalry is being considerate and courteous towards women.

Read the accounts, women describe men: “making unwanted sexual advances, unwanted touching or grabbing and inappropriate behaviour”. Doesn’t sound like chivalry or the behaviour of a gentleman, does it?!

It is time for this to stop and the only way it will stop is if more men take an active role in eliminating this behaviour.

If you are aware of someone behaving badly, confront them and tell them to stop. The “locker room” is a great example of how men endorse this behaviour by standing by, listening to the stories and doing/saying nothing. Speak up, be a man.

If you are behaving badly, STOP IT. Get help, through your employer, your doctor or some other professional that can help you rediscover your inner gentleman.

Men, act like gentlemen and be an example to our sons and the next generation. Treat others well (especially women!), act as though everything you say and do is being posted on YouTube. After all, it very well may be one day.

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