Female Driver Says Gas Pumps Are Sexist Because They're Designed For Men And Hurt Her Small Hands
Published in Jun 2021 / Updated in Oct 2021
The 31-year-old mom from London called out gas pumps, labeling them as sexist.
Melanie Morgan took photos of herself and compared them to her partner, Jared Griffiths, while the couple stopped to get some gas.
While you may be rolling your eyes and thinking, "Damn millennials," Morgan actually has a point.
Considering how little rights women had until 60 years ago, it is not hard to understand that gas pumps are among things designed for male hands.
Melanie plans to get an electric car, since she is tired of trying to pump the gas with her small, female hands.
The mom of two shared:
"I'd come back to the van having got out and filled up, and when I got back in, I was flexing my hand, like when you've been writing a lot, and I was like 'ooh actually that quite hurts."
"I said this to my partner and he kind of laughed it off, and 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."
While Melanie doesn't think that actual gas stations are sexist, pumping the gas should not be painful, right?
Melanie Only Noticed The Issue Recently
Talking to DailyMail, Morgan explained her position:
"I have fairly small hands. I'm short, I'm 5ft 3, so I'm fairly small generally, but I imagine there aren't many men who have the same size hands as me."
Melanie, who works as a private tutor, added:
"When I was younger, I remember thinking, 'ooh, this is difficult,' but then it's also something you're new to doing. But as an adult now who does it regularly, it suddenly occurred to me one day that I don't think most people find filling up the car painful; most people don't have to think 'this doesn't work.'"
If you still don't see the issue, perhaps this will change your mind.
Morgan No Longer Fills Up The Tank
To avoid unnecessary pain, Melanie leaves filling up the tank to her partner.
"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."
"No one's going to complain about it, and those who tend to design things like that, I assume, are typically male engineers. My partner fills the van up now and started doing it in October, so I don't have to deal with it."
The only solution, for now, is to get an expensive electric car.
In the long run, someone should look into this issue. Surely, this Londoner is not the only woman facing the same issue.