Carol Midgley is a columnist with The Times. One element in her column today:
Last summer I wrote, with sister guilt, that I had noticed that female drivers are less polite than male ones when
it comes to saying thank you for letting them through in traffic. They were more likely to sail through in their own world. I felt a bit bad about that. But I saw something recently which made me feel less bad.
In thick snow a woman’s car was stuck on a busy road. Her front wheels were uselessly spinning in a groove of icy snow. Two young men leapt gallantly out of a van and, almost falling on their faces, managed to push her out of it. Incredibly she just zoomed off: not so much as a wave or toot of thanks. I’d have felt like dropping to my knees. I will reiterate that men tend to be worse at, say, tailgating or cutting you up. But who wouldn’t say thank you for being rescued? Next time they probably won’t bother. [J4MB: You can but hope they won’t, but they probably will. Because that’s what men do.]
I confidently predict that Martin (a follower of this blog in Eastern Europe) will now post comments saying men need to end the 19th century “gentleman’s culture”. He must have posted comments along such lines hundreds of times. And yet the culture persists.
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