In an interview with Trevor Noah, Nigerian writer and feminist, Chimamanda Adichie, spoke on why she feels holding the door for woman shouldn’t be gender based. According to her, it should be a thing people should do for everyone regardless of gender.
She told Trevor Noah:
”I thing gestures like holding the door shouldn’t be gender-based. I think it’s a lovely thing to hold the door but we should hold the door for everyone.
Like, I hold the door for men and for women. And so I think the idea of someone holding the door for a woman because she’s a woman… I have trouble with it.
I’m quite happy for people to hold the door for me. But I’m like, hope they’re not doing it because of this sort of idea of chivalry. Because chivalry is really about the idea that women are somehow weak and need protecting. But we know that really, there are many women who are stronger than men.”
Speaking of women being thought of as weak and given preferential treatment in crisis situations, Chimamanda Adichie said:
”So really, what I think is that the people we should protect are people who need protecting,, whether men or women. Which is also why I sort of have trouble with the idea of women and children. When women are classified in the same… I mean, when there’s a tragedy and we say, women and children should leave first. I think, actually, it’s the people who are weak, unwell, young… who should leave first.”