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Don't You Dare Open a Door for Me!

marcmat Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:10 PM
Last weekend, I offered my seat at a restaurant bar to a woman who was awaiting a take-out order while carrying her young son with her. After she politely declined, an elderly couple that was eating at the bar complimented me on the "niceness" of my actions, explaining that they hadn't witnessed anything like it in years. When I told them that my actions were reflexive based on how my mother had raised me, they complimented me again for giving all the credit to my mother. Imagine if everybody behaved as if they just didn't know "any other way" than to put others first out of simple respect.
pascagoulapappy Wrote: Dec 15, 2012 12:03 AM
Some years ago, my wife's pastor, a Florida Yankee, made fun of my habitually opening doors for my wife. My wife and I are both traditional Southerners (she did her doctoral dissertation on Faulkner) and our marriage has outlasted his pastorate.

Chivalry is back in the news. The always-alert Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute draws our attention to an item in the Psychology of Women Quarterly. A new study on what the authors are pleased to call "benevolent sexism" (which, as Murray translates, seems to mean gentlemanly behavior) found that both women and men are happier when men behave like gentlemen.

This being a sociological publication, though, the findings are not written in English, but rather in academic argot. It's full of sentences like this: "A structural equation model revealed that benevolent sexism was positively associated with diffuse...

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