"...and here she is" - four words that made absolutely everyone...not bat an eyelid. They were – for those who can't recall them – the words that Jeremy Clarkson used to introduce The Grand Tour's new resident racing driver, Abbie Eaton. If truth be told, her gender should matter so little, that it shouldn't even warrant mention. But of course, there will always be some that are obsessed with identity...
Despite that little showcase of abject piss-taking, since Abbie was revealed as TGT's new driver, I've seen many blogs asking the question: why aren't there more women in motorsport? Beyond the walls of DriveTribe, I'm hugely into egalitarianism. So, I thought I'd have a crack at answering this staggeringly simple question, with the addition of that rarest of things – some common sense.
There may be people out there who will believe that the answer to this question is anything but simple. After researching it thoroughly, it appears nobody has managed to quite work out why there aren't more women in motorsport. And that surprises me, because personally, I've always seen it as a phenomenally straightforward question to answer.
While there may be some more complex nuances that I'll get to later, answering why there aren't more women in motorsport is genuinely easy...
It's because there are more men interested in it than women!
While this can't be proven categorically, I think it's a more than reasonable assumption. Some people however would attempt to argue otherwise. Some would look at the ratio of men-to-women in motorsport, and choose to see it as sexism. Some have even done that shamefully indecent thing of abducting Abbie Eaton's new position as TGT's resident racing driver by using it to spew benighted nonsense about gender equality and "empowerment" for women.
The moment you consider gender equality, if you look at it with any acumen at all, you find that not all forms of equality are created equal – for some equalities are more equal than others.
There are two very different and conflicting types of equality – there's equality of opportunity, and there's equality of outcome. Equality of outcome however can more commonly be referred to by its proper name. It's called "communism". And if that's something that appeals to you, then you should probably be working for Buzzfeed.
Despite this however, equality is more often than not judged on outcome, which is where many of the ridiculous accusations of sexism originate. Just because an industry is dominated by men, and that industry is not divided 50/50 between genders, it does not mean for one moment that the industry is sexist. After all, god help any man who dares suggest an industry dominated by women makes him the victim of sexism; he'd be branded "part of the problem" - a phrase so many idiots say nowadays, acting as though they have the monopoly over deciding what constitutes "the problem" and what doesn't.
There's only 2 ways you could even-up the demographic between men and women in motorsport. One would be to force more women into it – regardless of whether they want to pursue it as a career or not; the other would be to limit the number of men allowed to enter motorsport to the number of interested women who successfully make it. If what you've just read isn't the most sexist thing you've ever heard, I shudder to think what is.
Right now, equality of opportunity is here and ready to be seized by anyone willing to do so. If you fail, that's not the system's fault – that's yours. Oh, how bereft of integrity somebody would have to be to blame a system of freedom for their own shortfalls. Accept it, and try again. The absence of a penis betweens someone's legs doesn't suddenly make the word "failure" a synonym for "sexism", yet sometimes, it's treated as such.
We've entered this period of staggering stupidity where any criticism of any woman is considered a sexist insult - despite the critique not being targeted at her gender. And, if that wasn't stupid enough, once something has been declared insulting to one woman, it is considered insulting - and therefore sexist - to all women, everywhere. I've lost count of the amount of brainless celebrities that take great and sanctimonious pleasure in quoting the dumbest of dumb quotes, "there's a special place in hell for women who criticise other women". I wasn't even aware such dizzying levels of stupidity could be condensed into a single sentence. I mean seriously, what are they actually saying? That women are beyond criticism, and other women should know that? Regardless, the quote serves as a monument to feminist asininity.
I'm sickened that we now live in times where I'm require to spell out to people: if someone tells you that you're not good enough to be a racing driver and you just so happen to be a woman, it's not because you're a woman - it's because you're not good enough. To use your gender to contort the truth to invent an injustice is degrading for yourself, and shows you to be rather precious and fragile. If that's the persona you want to portray, don't expect to do well in life - let alone in racing. If someone tells you that you're not good enough, commit yourself to getting better, and being as good as you possibly can be; you have no reason to want to do anything else.
Anyone – regardless of gender – who wants to be in motorsports gets exactly the same chance as everyone else. That's how Abbie Eaton got the gig on The Grand Tour – through being the fastest driver they auditioned. As James May quite rightly pointed out: it would be deeply patronising to employ her for reasons related to her gender.
If you can't work out how hiring a woman because of her gender to do a job you would normally see a man doing is patronising to that woman, let me put it like this: when you're employed to do something, do you want to feel you're in that position because of your merit, or because a fucking idiot decided that too many men had previously filled the position (no pun intended)? Not only then would it be sexist towards the woman, but by denying men the same rights as women, it would also be a masterpiece in misandry!
I've seen a number of people say that there needs to be more women in motorsport. I find this however to be somewhat crass and completely devoid of the main point. From my perspective, the goal isn't to foist more women into motorsport, but to ensure that everyone – regardless of gender – is given exactly the same opportunity should they be interested in pursuing it as a career. If that's the goal, then mission accomplished!
There's absolutely no reason why any woman who wants to be in motorsport can't be, providing they make the correct choices, and providing they're good enough. But given that more men are interested in motorsport – and interested to the requisite level to want to pursue it as a career – if both men and women are given an equal opportunity to enter motorsport, it will always be dominated by men.
Sexism does not create a majority-male demographic – freedom does. In a truly free society, certain industries will be dominated by each gender – and that's because, despite what people like to think, men and women are different. We ought not to be crucified for acknowledging those differences – instead, we ought to celebrate and embrace them. And perhaps in being different, we choose to take different paths in the pursuit of happiness.
Of course, the feminazi would argue that the reason men and women tend to gravitate towards different careers is a sign of a sexist influence from the "patriarchy" - a word they use to demonise normality because they're not good enough for it to work for them.
The feminazi would also argue - and by "argue" I mean "scream in your face" - that absolute freedom lacks direction, further contributing to why men dominate certain industries. What they refuse to acknowledge however is that freedom grants people the right to create their own direction; to deny someone that right is completely tyrannical. If you want something, you can make it happen - regardless of gender. Simples!
In terms of our merits however, we ought not to segregate ourselves as men and women, but instead just see ourselves as people. Yes, we are different physically, emotionally, and in rather more ways besides, and no amount of ignorance will ever disprove those facts. But through the unparalleled fairness of motorsports, we are all just people.
You wouldn't put a female Rugby team up against a male Rugby team, but in motorsport, men and women can compete in the same arena with neither having a biological advantage over the other. It's all about skill, and the skill of driving a racing car as fast as it can go has absolutely nothing to do with what you've got between your legs.
As I mentioned earlier, some see Abbie Eaton's position on TGT as "empowering" for women. There's no more treasured word in a feminist's poisonous vernacular than "empowering". But when you break down the way they use the word, and what it actually signifies for them, you see that it's actually an incredibly repressive and patronising phrase.
When a feminist declares that something is "empowering", she is confirming that women are capable of doing something that nobody ever said they couldn't do. If any doubt regarding a woman's abilities was present, it's only in the minds of those that abduct the achievements of a single woman as though it represents some kind of a victory for all women, everywhere. How narcissistic can you possibly get?!
There are some people who say that they want more women in motorsport because there aren't enough female role models in the industry. They say that without those female role models, more women won't try to establish racing as a career, thus it is a perpetual contributing factor towards there not being more women in the industry. This however I see to be a very shallow excuse.
When you really think about it, you will find that nobody ever said that women can only source inspiration from other women – yet this is presumed without thought. When you find yourself inspired by someone, ask yourself why they inspire you, and you should see that those reasons have nothing to do with gender, and everything to do with greatness.
In fact, when you consider all the attributes that a person could have to inspire someone else to want to emulate them, you find that all those traits do not belong to a single gender. A woman can be inspired by a man, and a man can be inspired by a woman. Nobody ever said it had to be any other way.
However, in order to be inspired, if you elect to require someone to have the same genitals as you, then you are making a dreadful mistake. You have a choice though. If the dominance of men in the industry deters you, then to be completely frank, you are your own problem. Breaking down these barriers inside your own mind can be one of the most beneficent things you can do – regardless of whether you've got a cock or a cunt!
I see quite frequently people who only choose to focus on women in motorsport. But to segregate yourself on the basis of your gender is an enormous mistake. At the end of the day, you define yourself – and you should never let your gender define you. It's your skill that matters, not your pudenda - so don't make it matter! Using Abbie Eaton as an example: I wouldn't refer to her as a "female racing driver" - I'd see her simply as a racing driver, and one who just so happens to be a woman.
So, if you're a woman and you're interested in pursuing a career in motorsport, heed these words: do not think that your gender makes you disadvantaged, because it doesn't, and don't let anyone tell you it does. Don't let your gender define you, don't see criticism as sexism, and don't be dissuaded by something as inconsequential as there being more men than women. Find inspiration in a person's greatness and humanity, and not in their gender. Be the person you want to emulate, and you will not only inspire yourself, but others too. If you're good enough, if you make the right choices, and if you're passionate about racing, you'll do just as well as anyone.
Written by: Angelo Uccello
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