Damoiselle: (n) a young woman or girl; a maiden
The joke is that employees at Federal Express read on a package, “Fragile, handle with care,” and toss that one even higher.
I’m sure that’s not true.
It is the instinct of the human race to rebel against the things we’re told to do.
This is especially true when we feel like someone is being picky or prissy.
So over the years, as women have been trying to establish their equality, the females have also accepted special consideration for being dainty when it suited the circumstances.
Because of this, religion, politics and business have been able to mask bigotry behind a sense of appreciation for ladies, deeming them damoiselles—because this title can place them in distress—and as we often saw in the cartoons, they were tied up and laid on railroad tracks, waiting for the hero (a man) to come and save them.
Many years ago, because I wanted equality with my “sisters in life,” I stopped phony recognition.
I hold doors open for women because I also hold them open for men, and even once, if I remember correctly, a dog or two.
I do not frantically run toward a woman carrying packages and take them from her, lest she break a sweat.
It is how women end up being handled rather than regarded.
It is why a word like “demoiselle,” though just a French translation for “woman,” brings with it the tentacles of oppression.
It’s a sinister way to make sure that women never gain the even footing their stance demands.
If I am working with a woman, I talk to her just as directly as I would her male counterpart. Amazingly enough, from time to time, some women regard this fair play as chauvinism.
Because privately, they want to plead for fairness but also want to maintain the perks of being carried along gently by men—men who are convinced they are innately weaker.
So I say to my dear friends who happen to be the “she-dom of this world,” you must make up your mind.
If you want to stand toe-to-toe, you probably should carry in your own boxes.
And if you want to be considered the same, then demand the same.