The following is an excerpt from @AprilTrubody‘s twitter account:
So… going to rant a bit now but it's totally justified because OMG I'm still shaking from what happened but I'm also proud of myself…
— ~ ❤ April ❤ ~ (@AprilTrubody) February 22, 2017
April Goes On..
I was about to leave my local grocery shop this morning and as I walked to the exit this old white guy literally OPENED THE DOOR FOR ME.
Seriously, he just stood there holding the door with this creepy smile on his face like he was doing something GOOD. I wanted to spit at him.
But I somehow managed to keep my composure and I looked him square in the face and said, “Excuse me but what you are doing is disrespectful. You are assuming because I “look” like a woman to you, that I’m too fragile to open my own doors in life. I assure you that I’m strong. Strong enough to stand up to your misogynistic BULLSHIT.”
And I just stood there staring him out until he stepped away from the door. Pretty sure people in the shop understood because they were smiling. I felt so proud that I had put that arrogant old man in his place.
Men opening doors for women is a symbol of aggressive patriarchy. Men are saying, “You may enter or leave this place but only on my say so.”
A man opening and holding a door open for a woman is him subconsciously reminding her that all men are in control of a woman’s choices.
No woman should accept this. If a man holds a door open for you, tell him to stop trying to control where women can and cannot go in life.
So anyhow, that’s me done with that. Still shaking from earlier and a little fragile, but it’s a good feeling to know I won a small battle.