21 Jan 2012


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The Ins and Outs of Opening a Door for a Woman

"Readers email us surprisingly often with questions about opening doors for women. AoM readers are interested in being gentlemen and obviously understand the basics of this traditional act of chivalry: when you get to a door before a lady, you should open it for her. But they wonder about scenarios where the set-up isn’t as cut and dry. What do you do with revolving doors? What about doors that push in instead of pull out? Do you keep holding the door for others after your date has gone through?"

Ask MetaFilter: How to Hold Open a Door

This is listing of answers from many people to the following question:

"What is the proper way to hold a door for someone you are walking with?"

Gentlemen Open Doors

As women outnumber men in the workforce, as college graduates, and in sheer numbers, the independence of the modern woman has caused many of these traditional rules of courtesy to be reconsidered. Some men fear that opening a door for a woman can be considered demeaning, while others feel it’s the gentlemanly thing to do.

 Here’s a quick primer on the etiquette of opening doors:


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