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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Chivalry Isn't Dead - It's Obnoxious

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I was still on the other side of the parking lot when you reached the door of the convenience store. Observing my close-to-imminent approach, you decided that instead of just going in, you would stand outside of the store and stare at me until I'd crossed the lot so that you could hold the door open as I entered.

Now, I get that you're trying to be polite. I really do. But the thing is, that was really fucking awkward for me. It was made more award by the fact that you not only held the door, but stuck with the "ladies first" rule, which required that you stand outside of the door, holding it open while blocking it with your body.

For the record, this is not helpful. I have never encountered an unlocked door that I was not capable of opening for myself. The nice thing about opening doors for yourself, is that you can then fit through the doorway without awkwardly squeezing by someone with outdated notions of gender roles. Anyway, I'm not going to go off on how insulting it is that men think I can't open a damned door for myself, but I thought I'd put this out there for other misguided males: Chivalry only serves to make you feel more masculine/get closer to women. You're doing it for yourself — not us.

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