A new study shows that men who open doors for women or give their coat to a woman because she's cold aren't really gentleman.

They are sexist and holding us down. What?

According to the Washington Post:

Benevolent sexism makes men more smiley when they interact with women, and that's bad news. Men who put women on a pedestal may be the wolves in sheep clothing hindering gender equality.


A new study examining the nonverbal cues thrown out during interactions between men and women finds that men who have high ratings of "benevolent sexism" — attitudes towards women that are well-intentioned but perpetuate inequality — finds that smiling and other positive cues increase when this kind of sexism is prevalent.


Now, this just really cracks me up! Maybe this was true generations ago, when a woman was expected to be barefoot, pregnant and have dinner on the table for her man when he got home from work. But nowadays? I think men know us women would go Ninja on them if that still held true. Yes, I like a guy to open a door for me, who doesn't? I've opened the door for others (men and women) It's not just gentlemanly, it's polite.

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Washington Post