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Larry Peterson wrote of a recent experience he had opening the door for a young lady:
Now a senior citizen, I found myself stepping ahead of two younger women as we all approached the entrance to a shoe store. My ingrained instinct was to open the door for them. I reached for the handle, looked at them and smiled. The first woman scowled and said, “I can open the door myself.” I realize that most ladies would have accepted my gesture with goodwill, as it was intended — not as a declaration of her weakness, but as a simple gesture of courteous respect. This woman, however — not knowing me at all, or considering my generational background — exuded a certain loathing toward me. It was a bit unnerving.
There seem to be two primary schools of thought on the matter, that holding a door open is good manners or that it flies in the face of equality. Your correspondent wonders, however, if automatic doors were designed by men, does this mean a man is holding the door open for everyone who walks through them?
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