As a woman, I find the common handshake to be somewhat daunting and frustrating.
I am a confident, forward person, and therefore my handshake is too. However, more often than not, I meet men in the business arena who offer me a limp hand to shake. It's like they're offering me a 'finger shake', which defeats the whole purpose of it being called a *HAND*shake, does it not?
It takes everything in me to not return their patronizing offer with a "Nice to meet you and your limp hand... what else is limp, dickhead?" or "It's a pleasure to meet a sexist ass like yourself."
I strongly believe that women should not be offered a handshake any different from that of her male colleagues. Why should I be expected to daintily grasp your hand? Am I too weak? Is this a subtle hint that he sees me as a weaker professional than his male counterparts? That I'm fragile? Frankly, it's insulting. Recently, I've taken to using an even firmer handshake than usual. If I crush the recipients hand in the process, so be it. He deserves it if he isn't prepared to offer me a sturdy, reciprocating handshake.
I think we should start a movement. All of us women should call men out when they don't apply proper pressure during a handshake. We could call ourselves Handshakes for Equality and start a non-for-profit organization associated with it. With my blog's popularity (NOT!) we could start a global campaign, with clubs of women (and gay men) all across the world fighting back again limp hands. It could be a revolution! The next step towards equality! But once people realize that I'll do just about anything to become rich, they'll probably lose interest. I mean, I would whore myself out for $10,000 a night. Who wouldn't?
The irony is that I expect men to hold the door for me and let me off the elevator first. What's wrong with that???
PS - I promise that the Aztec wedding ceremony post is coming. I'm still waiting for pics. And well... you just wouldn't believe me if I didn't have pictures to back it up.