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post #160 of Old 08-07-2013
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Re: Is Sailing Sexist?

*Sailing* is not sexist, not being a person and all, but some people can be. WomanShip always struck me as insulting on one level. I used to make a living teaching people to sail and fly. I taught women and girls with no issues. The actual Womenship instructors/skippers were all great, it was just the concept that being male meant I could not do well teaching women bugged me. Kind of like "ManShip" where no women need apply would go over

Anyway, one day Womenship needs a SSB installed THAT DAY for an offshore trip leaving the next day and my shop has the only one in Annapolis. The women they sent over to arrange the install was gritting her teeth the whole time. It was VERY obvious she was spitting mad at having to rely on men to do something she could not do. When we got to the boat the situation was 180 degrees changed. The female skipper was afraid we wouldn't finish the job on time and ran up to the bar to get us snacks and drinks while we worked They left on time

Joe Della Barba
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