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Article: Hold the door!

Published on March 1st, 2008


Cover of the March 2008 issue of Delfinen, #139

In the March 2008 issue of Delfinen (#139) the theme was “Tradition”, so I wrote a brief essay on how to behave correctly. My claim was that Emma Gad (the Danish equivalent to Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin) had been widely misunderstood as a dictator of proper behavior, which is really not the case.

When reading her books on manners you find that her guidelines are always deeply concerned with how we can be nice to each other.  Furthermore, I argued that gentleman behavior had been threatened by the feminist movement, where the act of holding a door for a woman was seen as disrespectful to a woman’s integrity and self-respect.

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See also: Article: Aarhus And The City – Part 1/3, Article: The Need For a New Paradigm, Essay: Provincialism,


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