As Giving Honor to the Weaker Vessel
February 18, 2011
I was with some people last night when one of the girls in the group set her bag down with a thump, prompting someone to remark that it must be very heavy.
I offered to carry it for a while. She replied, No, thank you, I’m a woman! (Another woman in the group helpfully added, Hear me roar.) I said, Well, sure, that’s part of why I was offering to help carry your bag. Both women seemed to take this as fairly insulting.
It’s not that I didn’t think she could carry it—women are physically less strong than men, but obviously she was able to carry the bag on her own; she had done so to that point. It’s that women are like ladies, like nobility—like maybe they shouldn’t have to carry a heavy bag, at least not when there’s a man on hand who could do it for them. I think it is fitting generally for men to serve women, and to honor them.
What do you think?