[Readings] A Man's World,

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[Readings]

A Man’s World

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From an assignment at Shallowater High School in Texas titled “Rules for Chivalry,” which required female students to “demonstrate to the school how the code of chivalry and standards set in the medieval concept of courtly love carry over into the modern day.” The female students were to be awarded ten points for each signature collected from an adult or a male student certifying that they had followed one of the guidelines. The assignment was canceled after parents complained.

Ladies must cook something for the gentlemen in their class

Ladies must bring in root beer, ginger ale, or sparkling cider for the gentlemen in their class

Ladies should clean up after the men

Ladies must not complain or whine

Ladies must dress in a feminine manner to please the men

Ladies must address all men respectfully by title, with a lowered head and curtsy

Ladies must never criticize a male

Ladies must not initiate conversations with males

Ladies cannot show intellectual superiority if it would offend the men around them

Ladies must obey any reasonable request of a male

Ladies must walk behind men or walk daintily, as if their feet were bound