I have run into this problem since I was quite young. Back then it was as simple as my friend Judi and I walking into a music store in Vancouver. We would stroll around the store being totally ignored by the salesmen. We used to joke about how easy it would be for us to just walk out the door with a guitar or two, and not even be noticed. We would observe that as long as you were male you get the attention and service you wanted. What if I had a few thousand dollars hanging around to spend on guitars, they would just assume and take it for granted that we were women, and that we couldn’t possibly want a guitar or amp. The salesmen probably thought that we took a wrong turn and meant to go to Ming Wo for cooking utensils.
This brings me to 2010, and how much has really changed? It seems that men are happy if we are in the kitchen beating those pots and pans and preparing a gourmet meal for them, or washing their clothes, or tending to their children, but god forbid that we try to repair their PCs. Whoever said we couldn’t change a hard drive or rid the computer of a virus. They don’t like the fact that some of us are brighter than them and that we might know a thing or two more than them. Even if one of their male friends knows less then you, they just assume that a man automatically knows more, and has more credibility. They will pay their man friend to fix their computer, but when you go and do the same job or better, they dismiss it and don’t think it is worthy of any domination. I once heard one of my friends say, “You want what! for twirling a couple of buttons.” If you think spinning a few buttons is so easy, then why don’t you do it? How about if next time, I fix your computer and you prepare me the gourmand meal! I think when that happens all of women kind will be elated.