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Is chivalry dead?

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Is chivalry so scarce women no longer recognise it, or has feminism simply rendered women unwilling to take part in the practice many say is outdated?

Derived from the French "chevalier" for horseman, chivalry was originally linked to the code of behaviour associated with knighthood.

Now it means that men behaving politely towards women - rising when a woman enters the room, assisting with chairs, opening doors and carrying packages - has largely become a thing of the past.

Men do not behave like gentlemen any more, some women complain. Yet those who do also face being labelled a dinosaur for their actions.

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