"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Holding Open Doors for Men

The project:
Hold open doors for men who follow into and out of various stores, offices, etc. for a day.


Why bother?
We've held doors open for just about anyone following us through them, but today I focused on doing this favor for men. WHY? I kind of feel sorry for them. I mean, while we all know that there was a time when men held doors open for women, there came a time when women wanted to hold open their own doors. Some women were just plain rude about it. So now men don't know whether you're one of those women who WANT the polite door holding or one who will grow a horn on your forehead if he so much as OFFERS a hand.

Today, I turned the tables, and most of the men greeted the favor with high eyebrows, a smile and a word of thanks.

Oh, and for the record, while I'm quite capable of opening my own doors, men are welcome to open doors for me anytime. I'll even say, "Thank you."

Worth it?
Yes - a fun social experiment.

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