It Takes a Man to do a Man's Job
I'm watching an Oprah show with a matchmaking expert who expounded upon her "pickle jar" theory: that women are so used to doing things for themselves that they don't ask men to do anything.
Her advice: If you're alone, open the jar yourself. But if a guy is there, it is just as easy to ask him to do it.
This woman really does have some insight, but I have to laugh and play devil's advocate for a moment. The last time I asked a guy to help me open something, not out of any pretense, but because I really could not open it, he said: "It looks like you've got it."
So yeah, women need to leave room for men to be men, but if you leave that room and he doesn't want to be bothered, then just leave.