Mike Huckabee Thinks Lady Candidates Should Be Treated With 'Chivalry'

2016 is right around the corner, election-wise, which means the breathless profiles of potential presidential candidates are upon us. This week Mike Huckabee gets the will-he-or-won't-he treatment, which he took as an opportunity to suggest that political candidates of the female persuasion require courtliness and… » 3/11/14 4:50pm 3/11/14 4:50pm

Looking to Emasculate a Man? Open His Door for Him!

Congratulations, womyn! We've finally found the key to destroying masculinity (THE GOAL, I say. THE GOAL, you echo) and it's so simple that I cannot believe we haven't of it before. Turns out that all you have to do to turn a man into a frantic, insecure mess is to hold the door open for him and allow him to walk in… » 2/24/14 6:40pm 2/24/14 6:40pm

8 Acts of Politeness That are Better than Chivalry

Chivalry seems to be making the rounds, with men explaining that women like old-fashioned men who treat women like "the weaker sex." While I do love some mansplaining that I want men to be patronizing, I honestly don't need men to run in front of me to ensure that they get to the door first, tripping me in the… » 2/20/14 10:05pm 2/20/14 10:05pm

Dinner Tab Chivalry Is One Dating Convention That Might Stick Around

Some conventions of patriarchal culture are easier to conceptually dismantle than others. Sure, women are still being paid less than men for the same exact work, but most reasonable people (and hopefully this isn’t too optimistic a generalization) who aren’t dripping with troll goo and are too young to have ever… » 8/11/13 2:00pm 8/11/13 2:00pm

Al Roker Slams 'Small-Minded Idiot' for Insulting Melissa McCarthy

Last week Rex Reed—the septuagenarian film critic who publishes the kind of reads that other vicious old queens would only say privately into a martini glass—wrote a negative review of Melissa McCarthy's body, as seen in Identity Thief, calling it "tractor-sized," referring to her as a "female hippo" and claiming she… » 2/11/13 12:30pm 2/11/13 12:30pm

Death to Chivalry, Long Live Politeness!

Should we give chivalry another chance? No thanks. Chivalry is an archaic term that is only necessary if you think women are fragile posies who must be protected by self-proclaimed knights in shining armor. Letting go of the sexist word doesn't mean men shouldn't be polite and respectful, obviously. It means that… » 12/11/12 1:50pm 12/11/12 1:50pm

Why Chivalry Is Actually Clinging Stubbornly To Life

Dear Alana Germany, today you delivered an essay on the NPR show Day To Day about the death of chivalry in your 21-year-old peer group, and babe, lemme tell you, I'm not generally your oracle if you're looking for a rosy view of the future of kids today, but this is one thing that will get better. I, too, was raised… » 5/22/08 5:40pm 5/22/08 5:40pm

Dear Ladies: Chivalry Makes "Life More Worth Living"

Do you care if a guy opens the door for you? If he pulls your chair out at dinner? Well a British dating site, DatingDirect.com, surveyed 1,000 British men, and whether you like it or not they enjoy being chivalrous. According to the Times of London, 56% of British dudes "enjoy" paying for dinner on a date, and 34% of… » 4/25/08 1:30pm 4/25/08 1:30pm