In the car on the way home from work last Friday a real life conversation happened and half way through I was already crafting the blog post in my mind.
Kamel: You know, something interesting happened to me today. I saw my first ever Tesla with a woman driver!
Lauren: Oh fun!
Kamel: And… I have to admit something. My first impression of it was totally not good.
Lauren: …. why?
Kamel: Well… my first thought was that she was driving her husbands car. It’s AWFUL! I know! Why is that my first thought? Isn’t that bullshit? It’s just so pervasive and part of this weird gender thing that happens in society! But, I mean, there is no reason why that could not be her car. She looked professional and everything!
Lauren: It IS pervasive! It is everywhere! I definitely have my own assumptions on what “Soccer mom” cars look like and stuff.
Kamel: But really expensive cars I always assume a male owner/driver. Except for the Porsche Cayenne.
Lauren: Because that is totally the stay-at-home-mom-mobile!
Kamel: EXACTLY! And if I saw a man driving it I’d think…
Lauren: … oh, his car is in the shop. And his wife must be soooo annoyed.
Lauren: Yeah, this is really fucked up.
Kamel: It is.
**Do you have secret gender norm ideas? What do you default to?