My father is very into gender roles; so much so that it was one of the first things he taught my younger brother. When Mark made the mistake of opening the door to a restaurant and sauntered in without waiting for our mother, Dad ensured this never happened again. To this day, Mark opens all my doors, repairs and washes my car, and unstops my sink. Nowadays, unless a boy is being raised in what I will call "the traditional manner," he probably thinks nothing of opening a door just for himself. What is more telling is that his mother probably thinks nothing of it either. In a post-third-wave feminism world, such formality and distinction is either obsequious or degrading.
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Issue: "Exit Interviews" March/April 2012 Vol. 21 No. 2 Page number(s): 52-54
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