I have to admit, my last post really seemed to touch a nerve. More than my post about cycling and cars in some ways. However, some of the comments had me wondering (not really much, to be honest) if maybe what I saw were just isolated incidents. Then I went onto a public Facebook group about old British cars. Actually, it popped up in my feed, and I decided to investigate it. In fact, let’s take a look at the thread:
This is a period picture of June Palmer in a Porsche 356. So yes, in the 60s attitudes were different. However, have we not evolved since?
Some may claim “boys will be boys”, but at what point do we say it’s enough? Is June in a sultry pose? Yes, but does that mean she’s automatically just an object not worth any respect? No. Not at all. Let’s see the rest of the comments on the thread.
I apologize for the one section of overlapping. However, the post was deleted, not because of the comments but because it turned out the car was German, not British. I have another post and another 140 comments of a woman next to a Jag E Type, but after much thought I’m not going to post it here. The comments are nauseating. No one knows the woman personally, but called her “cheap”, a “dirty slut who needs to have her ride height in the rear adjusted”, and more.
Just today I had to deal with a person who was a member of a group I am an Admin for on Facebook. It’s a car group. Yet one member, who has made lewd and patronizing comments to female members in the past decided today to cross the line. His statement of most women put themselves in a position to be raped to a female member was the final straw. I know he’s only banned from a Facebook group, but I hope it sent a message.
Classic cars isn’t the only place men are sexist, demeaning and outright hostile to women. Look at coding, gaming, any kind of comic or fantasy convention or even website. It’s wrong. It’s disgusting. It’s a horrible precedent, both for those who do it and for those who do nothing about it. If you can honestly say you’d be ok with comments like the above being said to your wife, daughter, girlfriend, niece, or anyone, then you’re part of the problem. Don’t enable people to demean others like this, be it male to female, male to male, female to female, or female to male.
If you don’t take a stand, who will?