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#1433: The Male Automotive Ego


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Original Air Date: 08.16.2014

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This week on Car Talk, Emily dared to correctly diagnose her male friend's car problem (the horror!) but did her automotive intelligence ruin a potential relationship? Elsewhere, Ted’s solution to his van’s leaky exhaust may win a prize for modern sculpture, but will it also kill his engine? Also, Linda needs to use a hair dryer to start her car in wet weather; and from the “be careful what you wish for” department, Jeff wants to get his reluctant 18-year-old son to start driving or risk never getting a date. Finally, yet another philosophical theory that explains Tom and Ray: “learned ignorance.” All this and more, this week on Car Talk.

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You gave Emily the wrong message

by grumpydad

I love Car Talk - the nerd humor, the constant laughter, etc., but the gender stereotype humor gets old. In this show you told Emily that her male friend's reaction of shame and embarassment when she helped him diagnose his car should be treated as a learning experience, which I assume means that she should play dumb next time and pretend to know nothing about cars so she won't bruise the guy's ego. I hope that Emily doesn't alter the way she acts in the future at all. She should be proud of her knowledge and she should find friends who won't get weird about the fact that she is intelligent and interested in mechanical things. I try very hard to encourage my tween/teen daughters to be interested in technical things - coding, physics, mechanics, etc. It is this kind of "guys will be guys" attitude makes it so difficult for women to feel comfortable working in STEM fields. Maybe tell the next "Emily" that it's great that she knows something about cars and the guy should have apologized for thinking her idea was wrong and thanked her for helping.

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