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Don't You Dare Open a Door for Me!

William Gensert Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 8:21 AM
I've always held doors for women, pulled out chairs, helped them on with their coats, retrieved items from high shelves and let them go first. I grew up without a father and my mother taught me manners. When I came of age in the 1970s, women would often not say "thank you," even, sometimes displaying anger. I did it anyway. From the 1980s on, almost everyone says "thank you," except for a brief period, after the 2008 election when I had several incidents where men pushed aside the woman I was holding the door for and went first -- without a "thank you." After that anomalous interlude, everyone was back to expressing gratitude. I can't remember the last time a woman didn't thank me, but it must be decades ago.

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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