Men are better drivers
Judge Javier Albar ruled a driving school was within its rights to charge female drivers a higher rate than men on a course of driving lessons.
The Zaragoza driving school was initially fined [Euro]4000 for sexual discrimination, but Albar overturned the ruling when the school appealed and presented research to prove its claims that men were better drivers. Its research suggested women required more lessons than men to pass their driving test.
Judge Albar cited information from Spain’s Directorate of Traffic which he argued demonstrated that “every single year, men displayed greater dexterity and better open road skills” in their driving tests than females.
On this basis a housework school would be entitled to charge more for housework lessons for men than women? I think so – women are better at housework than men.
I don’t think that women are ‘better’ at housework than men are or that women would find housework skills easier or quicker to learn. When men undertake tasks they can do most of them as proficiently as women can. When tasks involve machinery such as vacuum cleaners and washing machines, men on average may well have some advantage in understanding more of the operation of the machinery, how to use it safely and how to trouble-shoot any operational problems.
While men will be at least equal to women in their ability to learn the skills required for competent housework, women and men tend to have different expectations of their living space. Men who live alone often don’t care much about sparkling toilets or floors you could eat your lunch from. Their living room is more likely to feature a Harley in the process of being reconditioned than tidy, colour-coordinated furniture. However, women assume that their own preferences are the ‘correct’ standard and when men don’t cooperate with those preferences they are accused of ‘not doing their share of the housework’. But really that’s no more valid than a man accusing a woman of ‘not doing her share of car maintenance’ when she doesn’t do half the work required for turning one of the family cars into a hot rod.