Girls can't do anything. Witness the six billion people in the world, each of them created with the help of a man. How about NFL linebackers? No girls there. I'm not trying to pick nits here, I think there's something deeper going on. It's a current running through modern culture: the fallacy that women don't need men.
I'm not singling out the girl scouts here. "Girls don't need boys" is not something they invented and it doesn't live by itself. It's part of our societal feedback loop which includes easily available porn, acceptance of illegitimacy, lower standards for manhood, decreased importance of having children and general cultural sloth. If all the available boys are slackers, then it's best to teach your girls independence.
|... and if girls don't need boys, chivalry is a pretty hard sell.|
After church, my wife and I talked about it and she had a similar reaction. She's much more accepting of the slogan, but she hoped it wasn't taught exclusively. That is, girls should be able to do anything, but it's still OK to need boys. I'd go beyond that.
If I'm going to be the best version of myself, I need my wife. I need her in a chivalrous, courtly love sense. I need her as an inspiration and a motivation. When I sin, the thing that bothers me most is that I am less worthy of her. That's absolutely crucial to me and it defines me as a man. If I thought that she didn't need me, I'd be done with the whole thing. Newcastle beer, British soccer and total sloth would be my daily diet. I'd still go to work and do what I needed to do to survive, but my standards would be about 1/4 of what they are right now.
That can't be wrong. Classic literature is filled with stories of men striving to be worthy of the women they love. It spans all cultures and all generations. It's a constant within the human race. I get that the modern world and 21st Century Western culture has frayed the traditional bonds between the sexes, but is that something we want to continue to reinforce?