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This post is all about a simple act that divides the public on whether it is appropriate or not. The custom of opening a door for a woman is a strongly debated topic where some people view this as a chivalrous act while others view it as a demonstration of sexism and power.
Personally I would always appreciate someone opening the door for me and I would thank anyone for doing so. I would describe myself as an active door opener as I would always aim to open the door for someone behind me if I thought it would help them. I don't see why this is a gender issue as I would always hold a door open for a man or a woman and I believe this is simply the polite thing to do. What I do find difficult is when there is that awkward distance between you and the person behind and you have to make the call whether or not to wait for the person to catch up. I sometimes worry that I have forced the person behind to up the pace and jog forwards to approach the door more quickly by standing waiting with an open door. This is even worse when the person has difficulty in walking and I find myself standing awkwardly for longer than anticipated while they walk through the door catching their breath. Also I am sometimes torn when there is more than one person, as if it is somehow easier for two or more people to open a door while someone on their own would be more appreciative of the gesture.
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