Let me share this email from Pepper. Have you ever faced such accusations of being oversensitive?
I was going through this link that talks about how most small Indian cars do not pass the safety tests conducted by international bodies. There was a section that quoted the response from the automobile representatives. Here is what the Volkswagen rep said,
“At Volkswagen, we recognise this need, given increasing driving speeds, more women drivers, longer driving times and a younger driver. Therefore, we have decided to have front dual airbags as standard on the Polo, as our continuing commitment to safer and better driving. We are the first automaker in India to do so, making the Polo the safest premium hatchback in the market today.”
I am sure you can see what bothered me. The separate mention of women drivers while talking about unsafe conditions. This angered me beyond words, especially because it comes from such a big company. What message are people supposed to take home? That women drivers are unsafe?
I scrolled through the comments, and to my dismay, realised not one person has objected to this statement about women. That made me realise how commonly accepted this notion is. To make it worse, a friend of mine accused me of being oversensitive when I discussed this with her. I am writing to you to know what you think of it..