chivalry - quotes and descriptions to inspire creative writing
The opposite of patriarchy is chivalry, because the opposite of oppression is support. Thus the rights of women and men exist not in a balanced relationship with one another that take into account one another's needs and abilities - in this way we can see relationships and health as part of the same cultural ecosystem. When in balance we understand our rights and responsibilities in the context of both ourselves as individuals and of society. Because women are the child-bearing gender, they require a protective society, a protective culture. To give women the "exact same rights as men" with no extra protections is actually a form of cruelty. To give women the same opportunities as men, however, can be seen as a form of chivalry.
The cultural dance partner of chivalry is gratitude, appreciation and emotional warmth - all of which show strength and virtue. Each partner has equal intelligence and value, they simply know how to move in step together.
In a system of cultural chivalry stress is kept up at the level of the strongest rather than being passed down to the more vulnerable. In this umbrella system of protection the biology and neurological development of children is optimised thus ensuring the continuation of a cooperative and healthy society.
A patriarchal society uses women as slavery in its various forms and even leaves mothers to fend for themselves with judgemental attitudes that blame and shame. A society based in chivalry takes care of women, giving them the freedom to pursue (if they wish) motherhood with a safety net and societal support to enable them to remain fully rounded human beings with respect to the development of their talents and other interests.