At a recent novice offroad training event we hosted there were male and female participants. Here at Peg Leg Garage, we treat everyone the same, male vs female, abled vs disabled, and race just doesn’t exist. The only time we label folks is novice, intermediate and expert. And that is more about helping each other than how we treat people.
Since this was a “novice day” we covered the basics of what to take when you first start, tire pressures and repairs, self-recovery items and such. I teach the same regardless of gender, if strength is a concern due to physical size or ability/disablity I will adapt the lesson for those folks.
Don’t worry I am getting to the “Girl Power” part. As an amputee, I have always been a bit bothered when someone tells me I am “inspiring”, or holds me up as an example to other disabled folks. Sure it is part of our marketing efforts, and I do look for products and methods that make life easy for the physically disabled as that helps me also, but I am not a fan of “amp life” or “amp power”. To me, it just is normal that a person adapts to their reality in order to do the things that need doing.
So when Alyssa called out on the radio that she was getting a low tire pressure alert I wasn’t excited that a “girl” would get to do something, I was thrilled a “novice” was about to test my teaching. Instead of “girl power” it should just be normal that a female can have the skills, knowledge and drive to thrive. If we want to get past sexism, racism and all the other “isms” then we have to make that thing normal. The phrase “girl power” started in the early 90’s, we are almost 30 years later, we should all accept gender as a non -issue by now.
If we want to celebrate anything we should be happy when a novice succeeds, or when someone overcomes a personal challenge. To me there was no “girl power” here, a female did exactly what I knew she could and would. The power was in her attitude to accept the problem, learn a solution and have faith in herself.
By the way, the Extreme Outback kit did make it super easy for Alyssa, especially since she needed 1 large and 2 small plugs to fix this hole/tear.