The battle for gender equality rages on. And this time, a Londoner, Melanie Morgan, is in the front line accusing gas stations of sexism for designing the pumps exclusively for men.
The woman claims that the pumps make her hands hurt because they are too big for them. As a result, she has had no other option but to have her male partner pump her gas.
What exactly is the problem here?
1. First Of All, Squeezing The Pump Is A Struggle For Her
And she has photos to prove it. The 31-year-old had photos of her taken as she was trying to pump gas, and it's clear she is struggling on account of her small hands.
But the question is: does she really have a case here? She seems to think so based on her Twitter account where she describes the conundrum as an example of "everyday sexism."
2. Her Partner Thought It Was A Joke
Melanie related to her partner her problem and he thought she was kidding, but she was not. "I'd come back to the Van having got out and filled up and when I got back I was flexing my hand, like when you've been writing a lot, and I was like 'ooh actually that quite hurts."
Her partner, Jared Griffiths, laughed it off. But Melanie went on to explain: "… I said 'no really it hurts, you have to grip it really hard when you've got smaller hands' it's ridiculous that that's something I have to think about."
3. It Wasn't A Big Deal Before
Melanie is short, measuring just 5 feet and 3 inches. But she does not imagine that there are many men with hands as small as hers. She recounts saying, in the past, "ooh this is difficult.' What's worse is that she assumed it was because she was doing something new.
However, she is now completely grown up and she still suffers from the same problem. So, it hit her: most people cannot describe filling up their cars to be a painful experience like she does. This problem must be unique to women with their smaller hands.
4. She Admits It's A Mistake, But One That Should Be Addressed
According to Melanie, "I'd assume there's some kind of reason that it needs to be the broadness it is around that point and you have to pull it in tight, of course, but I think it's a classic overlooked issue."
She went on to add: "No one's going to complain about it and those who tend to design things like that I assume are typical male engineers. My partner fills the van up now and started doing it in October, so I don't have to deal with it."
5. She's Considering Getting An Electric Car
Based on her bad experiences at petrol stations, Melanie thinks it's time she got an electric car and be done with all this unpleasantness. This would completely address the problem. Her only concern is that electric cars are not cheap, which means it might take a while before she can afford one. For now, her only option is to rely on her workaround option, her partner Jared Griffiths.
But Is It True? Are Gas Stations Sexist?
That's a broad accusation, but I guess it can make for a pretty interesting discussion on the subject. Who knows, gas pump engineers might consider gas buyers like Melanie when creating new pump designs in the future.