Deborah Tannen Quote
The one who decides who goes ahead has the upper hand, regardless of who gets to go. This is why many women do not feel empowered by such privileges as having doors held open for them. The advantage of going first through the door is less salient to them than the disadvantage of being granted the right to walk through a door by someone who is framed, by his magnanimous gesture, as the arbiter of the right-of-way.
That's not what I meant!: how conversational style makes or breaks relationships (ed. 1986) - ISBN: 9780345340900