Chivalry, in the context of modern gender politics, refers to the protected status of women and the expectation that a man NEVER hit a woman.
“A real man never hits a woman”
“End violence against women”
…these phrases are repeated endlessly in our society, despite the fact that men are the overwhelming majority of murder and assault victims. In fact, in Canada, women are even less likely than children to be murdered. We feel that prioritizing the safety of the demographic that is already the safest is indefensible and tremendously harmful. People are so worked up about defending women from harm that a mere accusation of harming a woman will often be all the evidence that the law and the public need to mete out punishment to the accused, provided the accused is male. If a woman is accused of harming another woman, well, you know; that’s different.
This rush to judgement undermines the presumption of innocence; that fundamental right within western law guaranteeing that the accused be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Rather, men accused of hitting women, raping women or even raising their voice to women are assumed guilty (and a particularly heinous guilt at that) until they prove their innocence. With public attitude so stacked against men, false allegations of rape or assault are bound to become more frequent, since nobody really cares about getting the facts straight when it comes to protecting women.
Even if a falsely accused man DOES prove his innocence, his reputation will quite likely be tarnished forever, whereas women who make false allegations are rarely ever punished or stigmatized in the slightest.
If you’re tired of watching witch hunts against men and false accusers going scott-free, contact us!.
If you would like to know more about this topic, “GirlWritesWhat”s video: Feminism and the disposable male, is perhaps the best place to start.