I get fed up with Twitter. It is impossible to explain yourself entirely via 140 characters. So, here we are.
Equality. Its a touchy subject. It is. And it’s a confusing one.
You see I would say that I am not a feminist. I ought to be one right? I mean I am a woman working in what COULD be described as a mans world. It isn’t, just so you know, It’s just a job I do and a career I have. The word Feminist sends shivers down my spine. Drum bangers who are fighting the good cause for women when they really aren’t entirely sure about WHY or WHAT they are fighting for. Women who are perfectly happy to put men down (this is complete sexism but men choose to not go on about it) and to destroy the wonderful breed of Gentlemen. So few of these men exist now. I am greeted in bars mainly by men who think the phrase “You are a lovely voluptuous young thing” whilst grabbing a boob is going to get them straight into my bed. Long gone seems the phrase ‘woo’ GOD, I would loved to be wooed. But how can I be? When all we seem to fight for is equality and in all honestly WHY should men open doors for US and treat us like women IF we are going to bash them for treating us differently at every opportunity.
So, I don’t call myself a Feminist I call myself a Realist. A Realist that believes in Equal Rights. For me, a Realist is someone who actually gets what it’s all about. We should all have the RIGHT to be equal. I think that is what the original feminists wanted. The RIGHT to equal pay, the RIGHT to vote, the RIGHT to become, lets be topical, an F1 driver. We should all have the same rights, no matter what sex we are. There should be no gender superiority. A man’s VOTE is not more valid than a woman’s. A man working in advertising should NOT be paid more than a woman. Of course this works both ways. Men and Women have the same rights. End of story.
I think we can ALL agree on that. We have the right to be equal.
But, and here is the rub, does than mean we are ABLE of being equal. I aim this at MEN too. Are MEN really equal to women in certain areas? We have to generalise here a bit, I am afraid. But are men as suited to nurturing as women. Do they have the natural INSTINCT to nurture in built? Is it natural for a woman to cast aside someone else’s feelings for her own gain. Neither of those things are impossible. But they aren’t natural.
I am going to focus on the current debate of female drivers in F1. Something that is close to my heart. I often think about how COOL it would be to see a woman in F1. Suzie Woolf has been billed as The Fastest Woman on Earth. She isn’t, by the way. She really isn’t. She is a racing driver and she is a woman but THAT’S IT. In fact, as a friend just pointed out, she has only scored 4 points in DTM across seven seasons. And all of those were in 2010. And so, whilst she has the RIGHT to be what she wants is she ABLE to be what she wants? Does she have the mental strength to do it? Has Sir Stirling Moss just made a valid point BADLY? (This is another thing men do. They can be a bit clumsy when delivering thoughts like this)
WHAT makes a great F1 driver? (Can we remember too we are discussing F1. Just F1. Not DTM or GP2 or another series. F1. Because F1 drivers are a different breed to any of the others. They have to be.)
A great racing driver is someone who believes they can win. And will set out with the purpose of winning. To be in F1 you have got to believe you can be THE BEST in the world. That you can WIN. Or at least compete. Racing drivers don’t enter a race to ‘make up the numbers’ and if they do, then already they don’t have the mindset to compete in F1. Male or Female.
Look at some of the current world champions. All AMAZING drivers. ALL bringing something incredible to F1. All with personality traits that helped them BECOME F1 Champions.
Alonso – Christ he is a good driver. But, well, he IS a winging old cry baby who finds Massa an inferior moron and isn’t afraid to tell him. Schumacher – A legend. But also a dirty cheat happy to park his car in his rivals way to take a win. I still like him. Raikkenin – The coolest driver on the track but taking cold, focussed and direct to the extreme and Vettel – 100% talent but also 100% DOESN’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT ANYTHING OR ANYONE ELSE when racing.
These drivers are under huge pressure at all times NOT to let any emotion show on and off track. A crack of emotion and and you have had it. From the Media, the other teams, the drivers if they see your weakness you are STUFFED. They are also under pressure to work closely, socialise, be part of the F1 family, and then stab each other in the back. EVEN their own team mates. See Webber and Vettels latest dispute. Whether you agree with what Vettel did to Webber or not it is one of the reasons that VETTEL is a three times world champion and Webber is not. Because Webber is a gentleman. And there is no room for that in F1 anymore. Not on the track. And this is also why there is no room for women drivers in F1.
By our very nature men and women are different. We are BOTH strong. But we are strong in different ways. Emotionally women are VERY strong. We have to be because we are SO emotional. We love. We nurture. We care. We support. We fight. We do all these things because we are women. And used in the right way – these are the things that make us SUCCEED. In general women cry as a coping mechanism. It helps us deal with the bigger picture. Its is part of our emotional strength. We are passionate but with passion and emotion comes a kind of irrationality. This isn’t a bash at women. All of the above are what make women AMAZING. Beautiful. It is what has got us THROUGH the incredible sexism that we had to get through. When we want something we go for it. But we don’t like to HURT people and whilst some of us are capable of it – I have done and I still do to a degree – we are left feeling guilty afterwards. It hurts to be unkind. Women are mothers. We are built to BE mothers. And we should be proud of that.
Men are VERY good at putting emotion to the side and dealing with fact. They are VERY strong physically. But when a man cries it is normally because he CANNOT cope. Because he hasn’t dealt with his emotion. A mans strength is built through his physical strength and ability to cut off emotion. He protects. He provides. He defends. He fights. He also knows that he can tread on another man because that man would have no issue treading on him. And if there was an issue then they would sort it with man facts, shake hands and move on. This happens a lot in F1. Look at Alonso and Hamilton.
Both sexes do these things in different ways and BOTH ways are equally as important.
I think there should be MORE women in F1. Working to OUR strengths. The Driver isn’t the TOP of the team. He is simply one part of it. The role is better suited to the natural strengths of a man and as it is important for the driver to be the VERY VERY best, teams have to use THE very best option. I really believe that was Stirling Moss said – in a very old school kinda sexist WAY – was that it is unnatural for a woman to possess the mindset, the coldness, the SCREW EVERYONE ELSE attitude that you need to win in F1.
I do think that women could be better F1 testers than men. Because they are SO tuned into the finer details. They are better at communicating. They are great at gelling a team together. I think women COULD be better engineers than men if more of them actually realised what a fascinating field this is. Any job where you don’t have to accept orders to shit on your mates. Great examples of women doing this are Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principle of Sauber F1 and, whilst it isn’t F1, Leena Gade, chief engineer at Audi who has won Lemans 24 hours in 2010 and 2012. These roles PLAY to a woman’s natural strengths.
This whole argument is so stupid. Feminists should be fighting for our RIGHTS. I think we do have the RIGHT to be racing drivers. I just don’t think its very likely we will ever find one that is cold enough to make it as an F1 driver.
And that in itself WOMEN, is something to be very very proud of. When will we stop trying to be like men and JUST realise that we are PERFECT without doing the blue team jobs*.
I await a million crazy women to miss the point of this entirely and leave irate comments about how sexist I am. Which I am not. At all.
*Blue Team Jobs = Putting out the bin. Unblocking drains. Cleaning bird shit off stuff. All jobs we have the right to do, but you know, we just shouldn’t.