Originally Posted by Catnip
I would to see the difference in attitude from the guys who are fixing my car at the moment (I feel they are rather sexist and think I'm clueless).
Also to see what it's like to go the the bathroom standing up!
I have been accused all my life of being "too feminine." I've even been accused of being gay. Not, by the way. Nor would I care to change sexes; I'm afraid I might not want to change back! In my field of work, if a qualified woman applies, she is going to get the job, because no trucking company can afford the discrimination suit.
But I have always found it easier to have feminine friends that masculine ones, it seems. I've always supported my wife in whatever she wanted to do, which also went against the stereotype. She was among the first women to get their Commercial license and drive a truck with me. She teaches now at a truck driving school.
I have always seen people as people. And I HAVE seen women treated differently in a lot of situations. Sometimes they had it better than I did, but often they had it worse.
Mechanics with a long experience have probably had any number of bad experiences with trying to treat women equally, and their attitudes may actually have some basis.
However, some of the best mechanics I've ever met have been women. They seem to have a better "ear" and "touch" when it comes to fine-tuning or searching for little problems.