"So many women just don't know how great they really are. They come to us all Vogue outside, and vague on the inside." - Mary Kay Ash
The absence of Chivalry is often spouted as a common frustration amongst women. Though not extinct, many women wish traditional male courtesy maintained a stronger presence in today's society.
Yet I've found, more often than not, the women who express such frustrations don't in fact deserve the intense honor and respect of a chivalrous man.
As valid a point as they make, their own integrity and the respect they expect from men are often in-congruent. How can these women demand more respect than they give themselves?
And how can they find fault in men for not graciously offering something they have yet to earn?
Respect isn't the birth-right of a double X chromosome.
Who wants to open the door for someone who's belly button can be seen through the top of their shirt or who has more fingers on their hand than they do threads in their skirt?
Who wants to cultivate a rich and rewarding relationship with an individual who routinely discusses explicit details of their personal exploits on Twitter or Facebook?
The argument is illogical.
"Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination." - Marcel Proust