Sexism In Trucking From A Woman's Perspective

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Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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When I drove before, I never saw any women harassed or belittled. Maybe a few "cat calls", but I don't think that having women truckers out here is a bad thing, and should be treated with respect, but they also don't need to be pulling the "damsel in distress" card (unless they are really asking for help.) And most guys will help. But lady, why would you want to stir the s*** pot the way you are. Most lady truckers I met before when I did Fedx Ground, didn't act like a primadonna. They came into the fuel stops to fuel, maybe get something to eat, chat maybe with another trucker on how their day was going and back on the road to do her job. PERIOD! I don't care what color, or gender you are, can you drive the truck and stay in your lane and do it safely. That is all anyone should ask for.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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"Our society in general promotes victimization because it makes some people feel special and unique. Some feel solidarity in sharing their stories with other victims. Women need to stop playing the victim card if they want equality. They need to stop hating men."

YES!!!!!! SO MUCH THIS!!! Thank you, Rainy, for saying something I think all the time! Every human being should read your blog whether they're female or male, trucker or not!

Rainy 's Comment
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Thanks so much Jo Anne!!

Im glad i can help, and you see will many will disagree with me, but who cares. do whatever is good for you, safe for you, and makes you happy.

Bad attitudes get bad results. Great attitudes get big $$$$ in the bank ;)

JoAnne EC's Comment
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From Brett about Rainy:

I've gotta say this has instantly has become one of my favorite articles of all time, and we have a lot of em! But that's the truth. Rainy's message of empowerment is one that I admire wholeheartedly. She doesn't believe in being meek, playing the victim, or begging for sympathy.

Rainy believes in having strong character, standing up for yourself when the situation calls for it, and performing at a high level with no excuses.

These are some of the reasons I admire Rainy. I have a hard time biting my tongue around "woe is me" and "poor me" people in general (not just women). People have WAY more control over what "happens to them" than some would let on. Thanks, Rainy, for this awesome article and thanks for Brett (again and always) for this awesome forum!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I have a hard time biting my tongue around "woe is me" and "poor me" people

It's hard not to notice that the "poor me" types irritate me to no end. I was raised in a world where mental and physical toughness were cherished. "Take it like a man" was a common mantra and it wasn't something you ever wanted to be told because it meant you were being a crybaby, the worst thing imaginable.

I've been known to ask people if they've ever read the book, "How to Cry, Blame, and Complain Your Way To The Top" and of course the answer is "no" because that book doesn't exist and never will.

I absolutely love Rainy's approach to life. She takes challenges head on, she fights her way through tough times and unfair circumstances, and she'll poke you in the eye if you run your mouth the wrong way. When she brings up tough or unfair circumstances she's had to face it's only to let people know, "Hey, I made it through all this so you can get through your troubles just the same." That's the kind of person I respect immensely.

If you read through their stories you'll notice that all of our moderators have very high levels of toughness and ambition. They're out there getting the job done day in and day out, performing at a Top Tier level without making excuses or blaming or crybabying.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." My parents must have said that to me 5,000 times growing up. I lived by that and I admire others who do also.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Serenity's Comment
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Rainy:

I've read many posts and articles that you've written over time, and today I just read the one on this topic. Knowing what I've seen from you in the past, I had high hopes for it, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was even more impressed by you.

And I was coming here to tell you that, and then I read the replies. I then read your response back to one particular reply, and I didn't think that my respect for you could go any higher, but it just did.

What an absolute class act you are.

And based on what you wrote, you're a lot like me. I don't even bother with worrying about what someone else is doing. Why should I? It doesn't affect my life, I've got enough to think about and concentrate on, and I have goals. Gossiping about what someone else is doing is not my thing, nor is scrutinizing the way they present themselves and live their lives.

Anyway, I could say so much, but will leave it at: You really are a wonderful person, and I thank you so much for sharing your views, your experiences, tips, suggestions, and what you've learned along the way. Whenever I see "By Rainy", I click immediately.

Have a great day, Happy New Year, and stay safe. We need people like you.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rainy 's Comment
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OMG... all of you have me blushing!!! Thank you all so.much!

Serenity, About that one commentor...i always laugh and say "But im a WOMAN! i cant be wrong or you are sexist, right? that is what you believe, women are always right, so im right." hahaha

im a witch, i admit it. Thanks for.reading!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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