Being a woman on the road is not easy. Not because there’s too much traffic or driving is a difficult task, but because of the stereotypes we’re subjected to.
People often say ‘women don’t know how to drive’, but research has proven that women drivers are safer as compared to men. Yet, as soon as people see a woman behind the driving wheel, they don’t waste a second to stereotype and pass judgements on them
SheThePeople.Tv spoke to some women about what happens when they’re on the road.
Astha Gupta (20), a journalism student, says, “I witness patriarchy at its best when I am on the road. The men take the advantage of being on moving vehicles like scooters or bikes and pass comments and they keep looking at you until you haven’t gone separate ways. Also, when you stop a car with a male driver from taking over, they give you the worst possible look.”
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Disha Sharma, student of Kamala Nehru College, says, “I find it incredibly annoying when a guy is driving really slow and as soon as he sees you overtake him, his speed will increase ten-fold. Great way to boost their false sense of superiority and to protect that fragile good-for-nothing ego.”
Puja Bansal, a 44-year-old homemaker, says, “As a woman, I’m all too familiar with men and and women staring me down as if trying convince that a car (“a boy toy”) is just not for me (a woman). Heavens break loose if I dare over take a man or honk at him. He will continue staring at me as long as he can even if that means risking his own life by not focusing on the road instead of me. They’ll roll your eyes at you and you can hear them go “huh”.”
Arshpreet Juneja, a student of Mata Sundari college, says, “I’ve known people who say, “Why is this car moving so slow? Who’s driving? Is it a girl?” I mean how is that even relevant? And if you’re a good driver, they say “Oh, you drive like a man.” No, I’m sorry, I don’t drive like a man. I drive like me and I drive responsibly. And that can be anyone, not just a man. “Drives like a man” should not be and cannot be the synonym of a good driver.”
20-year-old Shreya Bansal says, “It’s enjoyable at times to see male egos break in front of your steering wheels. At other times, it’s just plain irritating. We’re driving fine, maybe you should keep your toxic, aggressive masculinity at home and learn a thing or two about driving from us!”
It’s time people stop judging women who drive! Instead of making driving a dreadful experience for them, they should try to make it more comfortable for them. What do you think? Write in with your comments.
Kriti Dwivedi is an intern with SheThePeople.Tv