All Women Are Bad Drivers

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Stereotyping is an idea or image about members of a particular group. They are often used in a negative sense and problem comes in when they are used as a virtual indicator of certain cultural groups. Sometimes these ideas become so popular and misleading that they change the assumption about the group into a reality. These stereotypes can be based on certain background, social order, religion, nationality, and even gender. People stereotype due to many reasons. Some do it for fun, others do it to explain something about what they saw or heard, while some do it out of innocence or ignorance. In the essay by Judith Ortiz Cofer, “The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria,” the young man called the lady Maria but he did it out of the innocence. Although he didn’t mean any harm, the Puerto Rican girl resented the stereotype.

People think that all women are bad drivers and never trust their driving. They feel that women don’t read properly and hence they don’t follow the rules. Most of the time they cannot park the car properly. Every time they see the traffic jam or an accident they assume that it must be women who caused an accident or traffic jam. There is an impression about women that they are only interested in the color of the car and they don’t have a basic knowledge of a car’s mechanism. A lot of people think that women are lazy and so they are not regular in their car servicing and due to that reason accidents may occur. There is also a stereotype that women do their makeup while driving car.

For every story you hear about women driving badly, there is always an incidence which comes to mind...