Chivalry has degraded so much that nowadays people just attribute it to door opening. There is much more to it, although thisispain vehemently asserted that most if not all interactions in older times where sexist in nature. I still maintain that true chivalry had nothing to do with sexism but is more the paradigm of our male-female interactions. The female - willing or unwilling was often considered that to be protected and cherished. Discomfort and danger was something men were made to do. This included the giving of coats, the direct causing of personal discomfort for the benefit of the woman and the general sacrifices of putting the woman first. Nowadays people think of chivalry as a bleeding heart tactic for the 'nice' guys to use, even though almost nobody truly upholds it in every sense. It is a social construct that has kept us together as a biological social group, it is dying out now and I for one hope that people start realizing its importance and place in the world.
Finally, thisispain, I appreciate your disagreeing with me, but next time could you be a bit more respectful. You speculate on the experience of another more than you analyze their argument. Although admittedly' my previous comment was poorly constructed, I would appreciate if you didnt treat me like I am some prepubescent child talking out of his ass. I'm not all knowing but I know some.