My father raised my brothers to make sure the women are treated like ladies whomever they are.
They still walk on the outside of the sidewalk as the ladies are on the inside, they hold doors, and protect us in every way can. It is lovely! Thanks to all the gentlemen!
Oh, chivalry. I like it when a man opens the door for me, but I also hope that he respects me in general. My concern about that part of culture is that some of these men might decide that some women don't deserve respect at all because they're different. I love it when a man opens the door for me, but I fear he's the type that will turn on me if he sees something he doesn't like because he is part of a more old fashioned culture. I hope that made sense, but it probably didn't.
Sure, chivalry has been around since times medieval, and many things from that era are great: Thomas Aquinas, Chartres, Notre Dame. Others ain't so great: the black death, the Albigensian heresy, large numbers of occupants of the See of Peter.
Here's hoping the secular ideals of today will have long died off by 1,000 years from now. It's high time that day arrived for their chivalric progenitor.
BTW, I still open doors for women, offer them my jacket, make the best show I can of pulling out their chairs; heck, I've even been known to stand up when a woman comes to or leaves the table. But throw some stones anyway, this thread was too monotonous :)