So my chucklehead of a 21-year-old brother got himself into a pickle by driving like an idiot in particularly bad conditions (no one was injured, thank goodness).
The news has shown several photos of his hilariously stuck car, one photo of his female passenger being helped out of the hilariously stuck car (with my brother already out and not in frame), and a video of the car being stupidly driven directly into the problematic area. But because the conditions themselves are newsworthy, these are being used to illustrate the overall situation and the news hasn’t gone on about his situation in particular (ie they haven’t mentioned the name or gender of the driver or the number of persons in the car).
So of course the idiots on facebook and the news websites take the video of the car and leave a thousand comments about how this MUST be a woman driving because haha chikz iz dum, and on the video of him driving like a proper idiot (it’s from a distance and you can’t see the driver) and the pictures of the stuck car, and on the photo of his passenger being helped out, they’re going “I knew it, chikz is dum!”.
And of course, nothing in this situation demonstrates anything about the intelligence or driving abilities of women, or even of one specific woman, and it all demonstrates that my brother is a really stupid driver sometimes.
Context is everything, and it’s not nice to make assumptions when there could easily be more context that you don’t know.
I’m actually more peevish about the commenter than I am at my brother for driving like a moron and potentially endangering himself and his friend.