Back in January of 2016, Mr. Gabe Jones of Those Catholic Men declared in Women Don’t Deserve Combat that chivalry died on Dec 3, 2015:
December 3, 2015 ought to be remembered as the date that any remaining vestiges of our country’s collective sense of chivalry died a tragic death. It was on this day that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced his decision to require combat positions in every branch of the United States military – including the Marine Corps – be opened to women. Despite being one of the most significant news items in recent memory, if you did not pay close attention to the world affairs during the past few weeks the announcement may have been lost in the commotion of the other issues in the news, such as the presidential campaign, ISIS, refugees and immigration, not to mention gun and racial issues. One more thump in the constant drumbeat of political correctness can easily be overlooked.
The great irony is that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter killed chivalry by holding the door open for women! Like Sir Gawain, Sec. Def. Carter acted chivalrously and decided to let women decide for themselves. Moreover, the only chivalrous response to women demanding to be allowed into combat is the only chivalrous response to anything a woman asks*. As Laura Ashe explains in Love and chivalry in the Middle Ages (emphasis mine):
Malory’s ideal of chivalry has love at its heart: ‘thy quarrel must come of thy lady’, he says, ‘and such love I call virtuous love’. Each knight is to fight for the sake of his lady; with his victories he earns her love, and defends her honour. He is absolutely loyal to her and will follow her every command, whatever happens – whether she sends him on an impossible quest, banishes him from her company, or stands accused of some terrible crime, in desperate need of his help.
Sec. Def. Carter responded to women demanding entry into combat with a chivalrous Yes, M’lady! It would have been unchivalrous to say no, as Jones himself clearly understands from the very title of his piece. Jones makes it a point to clarify that he would never “denounce” women serving in the military in any capacity, as he is in awe of their gallant knightly virtues:
But first, a clarification is necessary. Nothing written here is intended to detract from the courage and patriotism of the women who have already served, are serving, and will serve in combat roles. Nor should what follows be taken as a denunciation of women serving in the military in any capacity. We owe these women a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice. Anyone – male or female – who has volunteered to serve our country deserves our respect and admiration. That being said, we can and should question the philosophy of allowing women into combat and whether or not it’s a good idea.
Just like Sec. Def. Carter, Jones can’t bring himself to say no to feminist demands. All he can do is protest that women are too strong and virtuous to go into combat. He closes the piece with a call to pedestalize women, including the very feminists who are demanding to serve in combat. Like Doug Phillips and the men of the CBMW, Jones pretends that feminists aren’t really demanding to go into combat, but that mysterious unseen cowardly men must be somehow forcing ladylike women to usurp the roles of men (emphasis mine):
War is brutal. The front lines of combat are a disgusting, abhorrent, crude, and destructive place. This may sound very old fashioned or even chauvinistic to a non-Catholic, but it’s not. It’s chivalrous because the simple fact is that combat is no place for women. They deserve so much better. As men, we should protect and uphold the dignity of women, and one very important way we can do that is to raise our daughters to be strong, virtuous, and holy, with Mary as their ultimate role model. Women deserve to be placed on a pedestal, not shoved in a foxhole.
- How chivalry (and mamma’s boys) brought us women’s suffrage and feminism.
- Tackling the patriarchy, holding the door open for trannies.
- Chivalry and the kickass conservative gal.
*There is one exception in the rules of courtly love. A lover who is ordered by his lady to stop loving her must not and should not assent.