I Open Doors For Women Because I Adore The Feminine Genius

Posted By on November 11, 2013

An article has appeared in the NZ media this morning about some absolutely absurd claims that some NZ academics are now making about men who show respect for women by opening doors, etc, for them. It also makes laughable claims about the women who accept such behavior as normal, even going so far as to suggest that they have a psychological disorder.

Here’s what the article has to say:

“Benevolent sexism has been identified as the flip side of the “hostile” sexism that would banish women to the kitchen.

It’s a distincition that has been looked at by Auckland University researchers in a survey of the attitudes of more than 6500 New Zealanders.

Study author Matthew Hammond said benevolent sexism portrays women as “fragile and delicate and in need of protection” and emphasised their emotional qualities.

The study found that many women embraced benevolent sexism. Those women were also more likely to be psychologically “entitled” – a symptom of a narcissistic personality where people feel they are deserving or more special than others.

Hammond said it was predicted the two traits would go together as benevolent sexism appeared to “promise” things to women.”

I am reminded of the quote by Chesterton (I think) who once quipped something along the lines of ‘there is no idea so stupid that it hasn’t yet been proposed by an academic’.

Read the rest here.

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2 Responses to “I Open Doors For Women Because I Adore The Feminine Genius”

  1. Opal says:

    I am so glad I live in the deep South. Around here, if a man doesn’t open/hold a door for a woman it’s considered rude. The “ladies first” rule still applies, and it’s understood that a man is not to sit while a woman is standing. It’s not sexism. It’s manners – something that too many people lack nowadays. I can’t wrap my head around why a female feminist would object to men showing them respect. These people are full of contradictions.

  2. shiningstars says:

    I really appreciate when a man opens a door for me – to me, it’s a sign of respect and thoughtfulness. I’ve also been challenged to allow them to carry something heavy when they offer to. My usual response would be “Thanks, I got it” but I was challenged that this mindset can stem from feminist thinking. Sure, I can carry a 40-50 pound bag of dog food, or box of apples … but do I need to prove it? No! I can accept a helping hand!

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