Hi everybody, this letter is mainly for Emily, the last caller on the show titled “The Male Automotive Ego”. Staff, if you feel it compelling enough, please share with her.
Though I don’t have a succinct answer to your weighty question, I wanted to offer you some encouragement. I’m a woman going on 30 next year, and I, too, am somewhat interested in technical fields, though I don’t claim to be an expert by any means. You may feel that you bruised your friend, Bob’s ego, but you could have also done him a bit of a favor if the situation had been a little different. For example, if he intended to diagnose the problem himself, you may have given him a good place to start looking. I wish to encourage you not to hide what you know, or even what you think you may know, simply to be polite, or because you’re afraid of someone’s ego. Certainly be polite, as you were, and if you’re not sure, say so, but never be afraid to speak your mind. In school, I was often told by peers, and even a teacher’s aide that talking about geometry, sound equipment or cars “won’t get you a date”. I didn’t care, and I kept learning afterall. I turned out alright, and so will you. My advice is that if your intelligence turns off a potential date, then he’s not for you anyway. I think you may find the answer you were looking for from The Representation Project. http://therepresentationproject.org/ This is a group that seeks to challenge media stereotypes of both women and men alike, with the aim of allowing both sexes to be who they really are instead of trying to fit into society’s “box” for them. I know in my heart that not all men are power-hungry, tool-wielding ego-freeks, and not all women are pretty buble-heads who stick to their traditional fields. Take care and best of luck in whatever you do.