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Door Etiquette

Posted by Carl Schutte on February 16, 2009

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Look, I’ll be the first to admit that social norms confuse the heck out of me. I think society has dreamt up a lot of weird behaviours for everyday situations. Nevertheless, to avoid being ostracised we need to conform. Today’s topic is that of doors and doorways…

I’ve noticed that people, especially men, get completely confused when they’re near door. Men get confused when there’s a woman in close proximity. Now I’m all for chivalry, but use your discretion. This often happens in an elevator packed like a sardine tin. There will be 1 woman at the back of the elevator, but the guys standing in front of the door won’t step out, because they have to let the lady go first. In this situation I’d have to disagree. If there’s no space for anybody to move sideways, then do us all a favour and get out of the elevator, rather than trying to do some ridiculous reshuffle, so that the 1 woman at the back can walk out first. Ladies, I’m sure you would agree with me that practicality is the overriding principle here.

OK, onto my next point – holding doors for others. Firstly you get the guy who will hold the door for you when you’re like a good 50m away. Then he’s standing there like an idiot holding the door for you, so you feel obliged to pick up your pace to set him at ease. It’s just a absurd situation, “It’s fine, just close the door, I’ll open it for myself. I don’t want to be all hot & bothered from running to get to you a few seconds sooner.”

The flip-side of this is of course the guy who calls out to you to hold the door for him. Read the rest of this entry »

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