I am a compentent woman who isn't afraid to get dirty!

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    02-09-2010, 07:37 PM
I am a compentent woman who isn't afraid to get dirty!

This seemed like a good place to put this tiny rant.

I went to Home Depot to get some silicone caulk and a blade to redo the shower cause it is leaking real bad. I have to remove all of the old caulk and put on the new one.

Well, why is it that whenever I walk into any type of home improvement store or go to the mechanics, they treat me like I don't know anything. AAARRGGHHH!!! It's soo frustrating. Just because I have female organs does not mean that I am stupid. I am so tired of being treated like I don't know the difference between a radiator cap and a gas cap. I am not an incompentent woman. I can change my own oil, I just don't feel like crawling underneath the car. I can change a tire. I can lay tile, caulk a tub/shower, paint a room, operate a tractor, and don't mind getting dirty.

I don't know if any of the other women on this forum are tired of this sterotype. I just wanted to share my experience and unite us all under the title of Compentent Women who aren't afraid to get dirty.

Share your stories if you have any!
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    02-09-2010, 07:55 PM
Isn't it just wonderful. I hate that stereotype. I'm much like you with the changing tires, oil, caulking, painting. The worst is going to buy a vehicle. The salesman sees blonde hair, and the first thing you want to say to him is "my eyes are up here"...ding dong. I even bought a house that HUD was trying to get out of its system. My dad said that I'd never get it liveable. I redid it by myself, and amazingly enough he found it liveable enough to move in with me and my daughter for a while after I got it done.

One of my biggest thrills is helping a guy who can't get his vehicle started, which I've done on several occasions.

Alright ladies...your turn...lol
    02-09-2010, 08:07 PM
Hahahaha... I just love throwing it back into their faces.

The amazing thing is that my fiance (who is not handy and knows nothing about cars) gets way more respect than I do when I go to the mechanics or home improvement store. They don't ask him stupid questions or give him made up names of car parts.

I swear, I couldn't go to my regular mechanic one day and I needed to get my car fixed and I couldn't do it myself. Didn't have the ability to get my car on a lift. I told him what I thought was wrong, he gave me this weird look like, "Yeah right! This stupid big booby woman has no idea." So I come back in a few hours and I asked him if I was right, he tried to pull this baloney move on me before he solomnly confessed that I was right.

I swear MEN! Get over yourselves.
    02-09-2010, 09:33 PM
Green Broke
If a guy wants to change my oil, tires or anything else, knock yourself out! I have no problem using my 'charms' to get out of doing certain tasks. But now that I'm older, I don't have as many offers to do these things. I have no problem letting a guy feel that he is a hero ect. I know what I am capable of doing and am secure with that.

Funny story. I had to go to the lumber store to pick up some materials to finish a project (can't quite recall what it was now). So, here I went into the lumber yard with my truck, slip for materials in hand and didn't see a single soul to load the materials. The rule there is you can help them but not do it alone. So, me being impatient, told my beautiful daughter (she was 18 at the time) to get out of the truck and just stand in front of it. She looked questioningly at me, but complied.

Well, the guys were coming out of the outer buildings like rats jumping ship. Racing each other to get to Jasmine first and help her! She looked at me, and realized I had used her to get faster service! I told her to thank God for her many blessings and not be afraid to use them when necessary! Of course, it's taken me years to adopt that philosophy.
    02-09-2010, 09:39 PM
^^^LOL. I know what you mean. I don't look like I did 20 yrs ago. I feel the same way. It was nice playing the "helpless female" at times.
    02-09-2010, 09:50 PM
OH, I don't have any problem with someone doing it for me. But I just don't want to be treated like an idiot, especially when I am on a mission. I do like the feeling of doing things on my own.

That's a great story though, Walkamile!

I don't think I'm that pretty though! Hahaha...
    02-09-2010, 10:05 PM

Welcome to the real world where the stereotype is strong and thriving.

Rather than waste the energy being resentful and frustrated, turn it around into your favor.
    02-09-2010, 10:15 PM
I've had two episodes..both when dealing with cars.

The first time happened when I took my car to get an oil change and they broke something under the car, then called me and told me that it was an "old part" and that "I would have had to replace it sooner or later" and told me it was my responsibility to pay for it. I was outraged. I called my husband who called the gas station back and low and behold, they apologized..their mistake and they will pay for it.

Second time was a stupid car salesman. They were having a car sale and I stopped by to see what cars were available. Saw some that would possibly be in our price range, when the car salesman came over, I asked him a few questions to include if we bought two, would they give us a better deal. He told me he would and invited me to have my husband stop by. He and I came back by later that day and we decided on two cars. Later as we were filling out the paper work, the salesman tells us "so sorry..we can't give you a deal cause the cars are on sale already". I was fuming. I wanted to walk out on the deal right then and there.

Argh!!! Men!
    02-10-2010, 12:25 AM

Keep the stories coming, ladies! Nothing like a bunch of women releasing pent up frustrations! Hehehe
    02-10-2010, 04:51 AM
Green Broke
I love it when I can replace a serpentine belt, change the oil, replace a tire, lug 50lb bags of feed and 80lb hay bales, repair a sink and a hot water heater and I still get called a girly girl....So what If I get pissed when I break a fingernail while nailing down a 2x4, I don't see you up here fixing the roof! Lol At least I can still look good while doing it too, hehehehe.

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