Testosterone Tax

Okay, women.  You want your equal rights.  Cool.  As far as I’m concerned, you already have them, but some say there is still inequality.  Well, that’s no good.  So let’s get it all fixed up.  Let’s make everything equal so that there can be no debate.  If that’s the plan, we have to be fair.  We have to meet in the middle.

Last week in British Columbia, someone took issue with women walking around with sleeveless tops and said they should cover up their arms.  *Gasp*.

In another story, a woman took issue with female students wearing leggings to school and asked them to ignore fashion and cut it out.

In both stories, the response of the affected women was to wear the taboo clothing in a message of solidarity.  Very good.  I like it.  They fought back at the aggressors.  That’s what Not Sheep Minded is all about.  Does Black Sheep care if women wear sexy clothing to work or school?  No.  There are bigger fish to fry.

Good.  Great.  Grand.  Wonderful.  Now, I like wearing a tank-top (aka wifebeater) as much as the next guy.  If I worked in the B.C. Legislature I don’t think I could get away with hemming off the sleeves of my suit jacket and going sleeveless.  It’s okay for women, though.  Hmmm…. double standard?  Also, isn’t it kind of sexist that the nickname for a tight-fitting male tank top is a wifebeater?  Social justice is banning words like retarded and adding words like mansplaining.  We’re very concerned about “toxic masculinity“, but we’re okay allowing a word that insinuates the wearer of a garment (when male) is an abuser of the opposite sex (who commonly wear the same garment, without being subjected to derogatory nomenclature).

I also can pretty much guarantee that most workplaces that allow women to wear those tight-fitting LuLu Lemons would not give the same consideration to a man trying to pull off the same look.  Society has spoken.  We forgive cameltoes but we do not forgive banana hammocks.

This morning I was going to write an article about the outrage over Justin Beiber posing a fake ultrasound photo for April Fool’s day.  His girlfriend was not really pregnant.  It was a typical sort of April Fool’s gag as far as I was concerned.  Not on Trigger, I mean Twitter.  People were outraged.  As I pointed out in my post about Dolly Parton’s boobs, most outrage is laziness.  People claimed to be outraged about Justin’s fake announcement because it was insensitive toward women who can’t get pregnant, or women who have had miscarriages, etc…  That’s like a lactose intolerant person getting outraged that someone posted a picture of a banana split on Instagram.  It’s nonsense.

Which brings me to the story about the “All Woman Spacewalk” being cancelled because there were not enough size medium spacesuits.  Although this story caused a lot of outrage (even from Hilary Clinton), it’s not like NASA planned their inventory of spacesuits to fuck women over.  It’s not as if they conspired for a bunch of spacesuits to burn up in the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters.  It’s not like they called Elon Musk and said, “Hey, we need to get rid of a few more medium spacesuits so that women can’t have a Kodak moment on the ISS.  Can you please blow up that Space X cargo shipment and burn up a few more suits for us?”

If an “All Man” spacewalk had been planned and the Space Station did not have the correct sizes for the men on board at the time, the “All Man” spacewalk would have been cancelled too.

The truth is, the female astronaut had planned to wear a size large initially, but changed her mind and thought the medium was a better fit.  I will go out on the limb here and say it was probably because the large suit made her butt look too big (just a joke, folks).

“Black Sheep, where is all this hostility towards women coming from?”

I am not hostile.  I love women.  I have quite a few of them in my life.  We get along just fine for three weeks every month (another low-hanging joke, I’m sorry).

All jokes and nonsense aside, what really has me fired up is the Testosterone Tax I pay on my car insurance bill every month.  Men pay more for car insurance (and life insurance).  Let’s let that sink in a little.

Women work for less pay than men = outrage.

Men pay more on car insurance = that’s okay.

Why is it okay?  I can’t charge an Asian man more for car insurance than a white man based on stereotypes.  I can’t pay a woman letter-carrier less because her legs are shorter than a male letter-carrier.  I can charge a middle age man more than a senior citizen at a restaurant (That’s bullshit too, and I’ll rant about this later).

“Black Sheep, the facts show that men are statistically higher to be involved in traffic collisions.”

So what?  When selling a product, we don’t discriminate based on men vs. women in any other industry, but it’s okay in the insurance industry?  Nope.  I do not agree.

I bet it’s statistically higher for a woman applying makeup in her mirror to be involved in an accident.  I bet that a woman driving around with a poodle on her lap is more likely to be involved in an accident than me.  The old lady driving down the 401, in the rain, with her 4-ways on, going 40 km/h is at way higher risk than me.

I’m a perfectly safe driver (no accidents), yet I get painted with the same brush as the “average” male driver.

When all women are painted with the same brush as the “average” woman, it causes a Twitter Storm not seen since that time Kim Kardashian showed her shiny, oiled-up butt.

I’m all for equality, but if that’s the goal, then let’s go with the dictionary definition of the word:

the quality or state of being equal

That means if we’re going to have equal rights and equal pay then we better drop the Testosterone Tax and have equal car insurance too.

Just my thoughts.  What do you guys (and gals) think?

 

 

19 thoughts on “Testosterone Tax

  1. It would be interesting (but not interesting enough to go hunting for it cos insurance risk stats are pretty tedious) to see the actual risks.
    I suspect young inexperienced male drivers are genuinely higher risk and with no personal driving history then there’s not much else to go on (not sure that makes it ok – the black boxes level it out I think) Once you’ve got experience though and repeatedly not crashed into anyone then there isn’t really any sense in it at all.

    Space suits – there’s a bit of a back story missing there insofar as NASA bailed on doing smaller size space suits in the 90s to cut down on budget so a third of the female astronauts couldn’t fit in any space suits and that hasn’t been rectified since hence a lack of general availability of smaller sizes (they don’t have any at all below medium) so although there was an unexpected change they actually just don’t cater for women despite the relative equality in people qualifying to be astronauts.
    https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6627320&t=1554232194562

    Like

    1. It’s funny. The risks males take when younger is what makes them better drivers when older. They know how to control a vehicle and they know the dimensions of a vehicle because they put themselves through trial by fire. We are letting small women be firefighters despite the fact they can’t carry an unconscious body out of a building. Why do we allow one thing for the sake of equality, but we stick to the accountants’ numbers when it comes to insurance? Why do we disect insurance on male/female bounds, but not for other demographics (class, race, experience, etc)? It’s sexist, plain and simple.

      As far as the space suits are concerned – I have read a lot about this, and there are a lot of reasons why there are not enough suits, but the reason is not sexism. It is based on a bell curve of what sizes were needed forty years ago. It’s not that different from what a five foot four male experiences when he goes clothing shopping.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Want to talk about weird coincidences? I was listening to an Andrew Klavan podcast as I opened this post. He was actually reading out loud the mom’s letter asking young women to consider not wearing leggings to Mass. Literally at the same moment I was reading the opening paragraphs of your post.

    (Twilight Zone music)

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Secondly. This is way too big a topic for one comment (or even one post) to handle in full, but …

    Our notion of “equality” is VERY mechanical and does not apply well to comparing men and women. We are different in biology and psychology. It’s nonsense to take two groups of people with such big, fundamental differences and insist that they be treated EXACTLY the same in EVERY situation and that if this is not done, it is “inequality.” As if people were all just identical cogs in a factory or something like that.

    Women have less upper body strength and endurance. We don’t make good firefighters, sailors, or soldiers.
    Men don’t make good mothers.

    The fact that women can and often do become mothers affects our lives in a whole host of ways, in a cascading effect, from our health to our emotions to our priorities to the number of hours we can spend on other things when our children are small. This insistence that everyone be exactly the same in every way has become a push to make women behave and perform exactly like men, even when they are pregnant, nursing, or dealing with young ones. That’s just not physically possible. Thus, women are constantly “failing.” And men are constantly being either asked to pretend that the women are exactly the same as they are, or else being blamed for the continued lack of “equality.”

    In other words, the idea that “equality” means “pretending everyone is exactly the same” has had the opposite of its intended effect, making life harder for women of childbearing age by orders of magnitude. And it has made life harder for their men as well.

    Pardon the rant. I have just summarized some arguments from the book Sex Scandal, by the way. I suggest you check it out. However, I’m not just ripping off that book. I’ve lived this stuff too.

    Another recommendation: watch the Alistair Roberts video that is embedded in the Navajo Legend post on my blog, then follow the rabbit hole and find other Alistair Roberts videos on the sexes.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Thanks for your insight. You’re right – it’s a big topic to break down in one post.
      I agree with much of what you say on equality. It’s hard to make two things that aren’t equal, equal.
      I would be interested in what you think about the higher insurance rates for male drivers – is it fair to use statistics this way, or does it fly in the face of equality?
      Thanks for the recommendations. I will try to watch the Alistair Roberts video at least, and maybe check out the book.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Well, I think insurance is a different kind of case. By its very nature, companies are trying to predict and gamble about your future behavior. Since the do not know you individually, they have to make guesses based on your demographics. However, at least here in the States, they will prorate your insurance based on factors other than your sex, including your age and your driving record.

        The other reason insurance is a bad example of sexism is that it’s a private business transaction between you and the company. The government is obligated to treat everyone equally before the law. But no company has a legal or moral obligation to sell you a product (like insurance) at a certain rate, or to sell you a product at all. (I realize this is complicated slightly because you are *required* to buy insurance. That should not be. I think it’s immoral to require people to buy products.)

        Saying that an insurance company has to give you a certain rate or it’s unequal is like saying that, say, a plumber has to hire everyone who applies to work for him, regardless of their qualifications.

        Liked by 2 people

      2. We also have discounts based on age and drving record.
        If I had a sandwich shop where I gave men a cheaper sandwich then women… I’m not sure if it would be technically illegal here, but it would surely be wrong in the court of public opinion. I know insurance is different because the decision is based on risk, but there are so many factors they could use to measure this, so why gender? I think because in the past the M or F on our driver’s licenses was an easy way to group us by potential risk. Whereas grouping us by whether we are a heavy drinkers or not, or whether we have snow tires or not are trickier to discern.
        Discerning based on sex is going to become more complicated as it has recently in Canada. Someone in the province of Alberta switched his gender to Female on his paperwork to get cheaper premiums!

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Yes, in the sandwich shop example, charging men more than women for the same sandwich (or vice versa) would be mean and arbitrary. People would figure this out and stop patronizing the shop, and it would probably go out of business. (Free markets, baby!)

        Unless, as with insurance, they were REQUIRED to continue buying their sandwiches there. Then they would have a right to be pissed.

        On the other hand, men might pay more than women at a resto because they are getting about twice as much food … or women might pay more than men because the thing we ordered is super froufrou and difficult to make … and that’s just fine.

        I frankly think the whole idea of insurance feels weird. Especially health insurance. It kind of feels like a ponzi scheme to me. It’s the system we have, so of course I work within it. But I wonder if the presence of insurance and sky-high health prices aren’t in a kind of loop, driving each other ever upward.
        But clearly, that’s a different can of worms.

        Liked by 2 people

      4. There are many cans of many worms to open on Not Sheep Minded. The health insurance is an interesting one. It’s strange to think about a system where I would need insurance to go to the hospital or a doctor. We do need insurance to pay for prescription drugs, dental, and eye-care, but something like having a baby or getting a broken arm set are covered by the government.
        I recently purchased life insurance, and of course, I paid more than a female because men apparently have a higher risk of dying!

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Agree with everything you said here. Unfortunately though there seems to be a growing army of over-zealous, all-or-nothing, militant types for every cause whether it be equality, gay rights or veganism. If you disagree (even with calm, logical points such as yours in this post) then you can often get slammed for not being “progressive” or for (apparently) holding back change. Interestingly, I only encounter about 95% of this behaviour online. The bulk of hardline SJWs either don’t exist in real life or can’t spout their fury without digital anomity to protect them.

    Also, I think that too many people and corporations are so terrified of being seen to block progression that they cave and give in to unreasonable complaints thus enabling more of the same and feeding the monster. It’s an interesting world we live in for sure.

    Re. Leggings and sexy clothing, call me a sexist, outdated pig but they are some of the best things to happen. Certainly a good distraction from the fragrant BS of hypocrisy that is killing the world.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have to agree with most of your points.

      I think a lot of the outrage over this stuff (like leggings) exists only online and doesn’t truly represent society.

      Corporations are hilarious. As soon as the masses on social media get upset about something, the corporations issue phony-sounding apologies.

      I also do not object to sexy clothing.

      Like

  5. Your joke about getting along with the women in your life for three weeks every month was great! It reminded me of the scene in Purple Rain when Matt ‘Doc’ Fink made the crack: “God’s got Wendy’s periods reversed. About once every 28 days, she gets really nice.” [paraphrasing]

    Insurance companies routinely butt-f*** everyone in any given category. I’ve got my own stories of being monetarily ‘bent over’.

    Men & women were never intended to be ‘equal’ in all categories.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Nah. I was at the movie theater with a crew of friends when it came out. I haven’t watched it, again, since. It’s never been released to TV as far as I know. HBO, maybe…years ago. It’s on YouTube for $4. I don’t know if you can get to it from where you are…possible regional issues. Don’t know.

        Prince gave a very subdued performance as far as acting ability. Apollonia Kotero was a terrible actress but, the two of them did have chemistry. Morris Day was a damn scream. The Revolution didn’t have many lines. I think Doc’s crack was his only line. Wendy, as I recall, showed some acting promise. Lisa is pretty much window dressing. The best scenes are with the actors portraying Prince’s parents & the music sequences.

        As a teen, it was a great movie. As an adult, it’s B-grade.

        I’m not a good reviewer. Tastes in music & film is highly subjective plus, I’m not that into the Hellyweird scene. I was when I was younger. Perhaps I just don’t feel that my opinion matters much.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. One person’s B-movie is another person’s Best Picture!

        I love movies. It was one of the things our whole family loved to do together. Even the dog would go curl up in his spot if we said, “You wanna go watch a movie?”

        Nowadays, most movies are junk. There are some gems out there, but they’re hard to find.

        If I get to 200 followers, I’m going to put out a list of my top 200 movies. It is a hard task compiling all those movies and putting them in order.

        Like

      3. You are well on your way. You have great posts.

        I love a good movie & you’re right. Many are garbage. I just recently caught ‘Passengers’ on FXM a few nights ago. I love a good SciFi flick.

        The last theater movie I saw was ‘Darkest Hour’.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s