Basic Chivalry and "Ladies First" is sexist
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Chivalry and such includes: holding a door open, offering to carry stuff for them, paying for a meal unrequested, taking a lady's coat or hat at the door, giving up your seat for a woman, etc.
Pro must prove such actions are sexist to win, while I must prove they are not. BoP is shared; meaning that if someone if someone has 51% of the evidence on their side, they win the argument points.
First round will be acceptance.
i accept the terms of this debate. i will show how Chivalry and "Ladies first" are sexist concepts.
some definitions before we start:
Sexist: behavior, conditions or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
chivalry: an honorable and polite way of behaving, especially toward women
i look forward to this debate.
OK, let's get started, I would first like to counter my opponent's seemingly self-created definition of "Sexist" Let's look at the actual definition of sexism from Merriam-Webster:
Full Definition of SEXISM
: prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially : discrimination against women
: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
So, first off, my opponent neglected to show us that his definition of sexist is actually the secondary definition of sexism.
Also, here is the full definition of Chivalrous:
Full Definition of CHIVALROUS
2: of, relating to, or characteristic of chivalry and knight-errantry
3a : marked by honor, generosity, and courtesy
3b : marked by gracious courtesy and high-minded consideration especially to women.
In this debate we will obviously be concentrating on 3b since this debate pertains to sexist attitudes towards women.
Now, here is my main contention:
Reasons for activities such as chivalry:
Now, why exactly would a man be nice to a woman by holding a door open, letting her go first, giving her his chair, or offering to carry an object? Is it because we think women are weak and honestly are struggling to carry that stack of three notebooks? No, obviously not. When we pay for her meal do we honestly think she is too poor to pay for it? No, obviously not. Then why do we do it? One word: respect.
Respect for a woman does not mean that we downplay her as a person, or deny her abilities. On the contrary, it means that I am respecting her as a person and saying that she is important, and that is in no way sexist. When, let's face it, it's really easy in today's culture to actually be sexist and treat women like objects desire, big and deliberate steps need to be made to make women feel dignified and of worth to men, but hey, if a woman honestly want me to forget all that and only think about her boobs, I can accomplish that too.
Sources will be posted in a source bank in the last round.
I thank my opponent for his quick response. However, in his first line he attempts to posion the well by asserting that I "created" a definition for the word sexism, in an attempt to be misleading. As it is shown to be the second definition of the word Sexism, i am unsure how it could be "self-created."
Going with the definition that i provided, prior to the debate beginning, it is evidenced by the second definition of Sexism and the definition of Chivalry that Chivalry is a Sexist concept. As Chivalry (and Chivalrous, as my opponent defined) specifically indicate "women" in it's definition, which implies that chivalrous behavior is behavior that speciafically singles out women.
1. more than usually
2. used to indicate something that deserves special mention
justin.graves forfeited this round.
I shall rest until my opponent presents evidence in support of his claim. As the BoP is shared, I wish to allow him ample time and opportunity to support his postion, and refute mine.
justin.graves forfeited this round.
My opponent has forfeited once again. I shall take this to mean that he has conceded this debate. Please vote Pro.
I thank my opponent for selecting this topic, and i thank the audience for taking the time to read and assess our arguments.
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Vote Placed by oculus_de_logica 2 years ago
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