Remove Gender from Etiquette

Discrimination on the basis of gender has been against the law in Canada since 1977. Technically, I should have grown up in a country without sexism. Yet, we still see and experience it every day. Passing a law is a start, but it’s not the end of the battle.

We should remove gender from etiquette. Gender truly has nothing to do with real etiquette. For example:

Holding the Door

The person who arrives at the door first holds it open for the person who arrives second. You should always glance at you and make sure there’s no one there so you don’t let a door slam in someone’s face out of obliviousness.

If someone is struggling because their hands are full or they are older or disabled, hold the door for them.

Giving Up Seats

Whether you are a man or a woman, stand up for pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and anyone with a physical impediment.

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