I've heard a bunch about chivalry being dead recently, so here's a simple set of my thoughts on it, as a grrrl ;-)
Killing chivalry felt so good when we were burning bras.
It was all freedom in our younger,
We shook free of oppresion and
in shining armor.
But now that gravity and age have their hold on us
--mortality creeping along, sheltered in unshakeable shadows...
some courtesy, some
Now we call it "respect."
We all want it--
need a "little bit."
A door opening when we're heavy laden
("I can do anything a man can do--Better!")
A cab called while we wait with grandkids in the rain.
Not degrading--no finger in the face of equality--
Call it chivalry
Courtesy, just the same, is courtesy by any other name.