And Egyptians weren’t the only ancient peoples to have emphasized the importance of fencing form and rules.In ancient Rome, gladiators attended schools to train in the complexities of swordsmanship.Fun fact: did you know that historically chastity belts are most notably remembered as devices crusaders would put on their damsels to prevent them from having sex with other men while they were off fighting a holy war?Fun actual fact: did you know there’s not actually evidence to support that?We are taught that noblemen must take everything and say nothing. Well, we're men, and men aren't born to stand alone.-Myles of Olau” ― Tamora Pierce, “It is the mission of each true knight... To love, pure and chaste, from afar, To try, when your arms are too weary, To reach the unreachable star!
A knights code of conduct included mercy, humility, honor, sacrifice, faithfulness, courage, and graciousness. If found guilty of not following the code, his shield was cracked in two, his sword was cracked over his head, and he was put into a coffin and dragged to the church, where a mock funeral was held.Wandering troubadours (musicians) helped to promote this false image by singing ballads that presented knights as always perfect, always respectful, always loyal to church and lord, and who always treated ladies with utmost graciousness.Women especially loved the image and the ballads, and many believed that the code of conduct was followed by every knight. Not every knight was a good guy, although most knights did try to live up to the requirement of bravery, at least on the battlefield.But I’m leaving the headline as is because this is a response focused on the article itself, and everyone sharing it — and all the horribleness that is perpetuating.Oh, and I’m not even going to approach this from a non-binary gender, there are more than two genders and two sexes, angle.