Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sexism

I have never been so livid in my entire life.

I took my vehicle in for repair at a certain dealership in town. The repair was part of a recall and we'd been experiencing problems associated with the part actually being broken already and not just having a patch done to it.

I pride myself on researching issues before taking things in to be repaired. An educated consumer is a consumer who is well protected.

Anyway, I went to the mechanic and outlined the issues we were having as it related to the recall and he completely blew me off. And it wasn't just a "yeah we'll see" kind of blow off. I was speaking to him and as soon as D stepped out of the van, the mechanic walked over to HIM and started asking him questions. I was mid-sentence when he did this!

To make matters worse, this jerk asked D the same questions I had just answered. D said *verbatim* what I did regarding the issues. The mechanic, instead of smiling and nodding that he did with me (and told me outright that the recall probably wouldn't address these things) told D that well most certainly if the faulty part were leaking, then it would cause the whole list of problems we were having!

I turned about 50 shades of red and D ushered me out of there. His thought being we better get the car fixed before I go ballistic on them.

On some level I knew that sexism still existed, but I'd never experienced to that degree until today. I still can't even totally believe it happened. I've worked in plenty of male dominated fields and have always been able to hold my own. I've always had the respect of my peers. It makes me angry...really really angry. There are many things I do love about living in the south, but this isn't one of them. The sexism and racism still run rampant down here. And people tell me it's improved. If this is better, it sickens me to think of how bad it was 50 years ago!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I don't blame you for being mad. That's crazy.

    Unfortunately it's not an attitude only found in the South. My husband and I were car shopping several years ago for a vehicle for me. I had done lots of research and knew what I was looking for. At one dealership that we went to, the salesman ignored every question I asked, would only address my husband, and made disparaging remarks about my being "just a mom." I had flames shooting out of my ears. We went elsewhere to buy a vehicle, needless to say.

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  2. What a jerk! I'd report it to management..

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  3. I know just where you are coming from. I won't even go to car dealerships because of a situation like that I experienced years ago. Ridiculous.

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