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JohnA: Females Enabled Video Dude

JohnA (RE: Skater Mom unloads on Walkabout): I challenge people all the time. I guess I've become bolder because Deena doesn't let anything slide. Something as innocuous as seeing someone exit the women's room without washing their hands has Dee up in arms. She'll call them on it every time. Recently I observed a 20-ish kid walking into a store with his girlfriend and probably her mother, or his. He waited for the girl to open the door for him and then just waltzed right in, never thinking to hold the door for the girl or the older woman. I told him I thought he was a little rude, if not lazy for acting that way. I got no response from him, but his girl and the older woman took me to task: “Oh, he's just tired today, give him a break”. What was he 'tired' from, I asked “Playing video games all day?”. I didn't suspect he'd been working in the woods or laboring underground, after all. In the end, they enabled the guy to be what he is, so I guess they are to blame. But, really? Is there no manly code to live by anymore?

Question: I regularly open doors for females. And am amazed when they express surprise and delight for the gesture. Is it still OK to open doors for females?


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