In honor of International Women’s Day Sunday, UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson participated in a Facebook Q&A about gender inequality. Watson’s one-hour discussion covered all kinds of interesting ground, from wage discrimination to female leadership, but one of the most intriguing points that Watson made was about the idea of chivalry and dating as a feminist.
It’s an interesting topic, because it’s one that’s raised often in discussions of dating as equals: can chivalry and feminism coexist? Can you hold the door for someone or pick up the check if you’re on equal footing? Or have the door held for you?
“I love having the door open for me,” Watson said. “I love being taken to dinner…but I think the key is would you mind if I open the door for you?” she rhetorically asked her male interviewer. “I’m polite and you’re polite and we’re making the world a better place with this small kind polite gesture.”
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