[LMB] OT: automotive, was OT: Gender Roles , figures

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 15:10:21 BST 2021

I've a theory that  "women are bad drivers" thing got started partly
because early automobiles DID need muscle to keep them under proper
control.   I've driven a few vintage cars myself, and they're tougher to
drive than modern ones.

On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 8:10 AM Louann Miller <domelouann at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 8:01 AM WILLIAM A WENRICH <wawenri at msn.com> wrote:
> >
> > Car makers would be Idiotic (and many may be) not to design at least some
> > cars that could be driven by 58” tall or 80” tall people. In other words
> > the shortest 5% of women and the tallest 5% of men.
> >
> It's been suggested that this is one reason the whole genre of "women are
> such horrible drivers" jokes died off. The theory is that Japanese cars
> started to dominate the US market about then and that they are optimized
> for Japanese male drivers. That would make the "normal driver" Japanese
> car-makers have in mind close to the same size as US female drivers.
> Although I personally think that it has more to do with power steering and
> power brakes becoming the norm at about the same time. Under current
> conditions, as any parent of teenagers will tell you, men pay higher auto
> insurance rates. Enormously so before age 25.
> Louann
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