Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Chivalry or Equality?
Scenario: A wrestler made it to the state tournament and his first round opponent was a girl. The boy respectfully forfeit because he was raised not to physically harm a girl and would not feel comfortable in some of the holds.
Since his decision, the male wrestler has been called chauvinistic, sexist, and chivalrous.
To be honest, I would probably have done the same thing. Obviously this girl is a good wrestler because she made it to state but in my opinion that does not give me the right to wrestler her. However, I understand the Women's Rights Movement was intended to make women equal to men. Therefore, it would be disrespectful to treat this female wrestler differently by choosing not to wrestle her.
If this is the case, what is the balance between Chivalry and the equality fought for during Women's Rights?
As a man, I view it as choosing the lesser of the two evils and I will choose the one that does not involve potential physical harm every time.
What do you think ladies?
Is it more respectful to treat a girl as an equal and wrestle her as an opponent or to respectfully decline the match?
What would you want your son to do?
What would you want someone to do to you?
Please leave a comment below or on the facebook post. I am curious to hear your perspective.