out of obligation I thanked him again
Sexism is Hard to Explain
Kel Campbell

You’re not obligated to thank anybody, nor are you even obligated to go through doors people open for you (especially as this situation dictates the man was being a little try-hard, since you had to go out of your way to comply with his ostensibly nice gesture). I sense it’s the feeling of obligation that’s annoying you. Would it feel better if you simply didn’t offer thanks or even acknowledgement for something you never asked for?

(Hell, people won’t even acknowledge me when I hold a shop door open so they can come in or out behind me — and, I disagree with that sort of behavior, but it’s quite normal.)

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