My grandmother told me a story about being pulled over by a police officer (or perhaps my Mom was telling the story about her Mom. It works either way). My grandma said she just started crying. She couldn't stop. I don't know if she was deliberately trying to get out of a ticket, or was simply under an intense amount of stress. In the end, the officer (male) let her go with a warning.
I tend to be outspoken and opinionated, which I've tried to reign back in recent years. I don't have "feminist" tattooed on my forehead. I believe in equal rights and opportunities for everyone, regardless of gender.
So I was surprised to find out an acquaintance had figured me out. The acquaintance observed (to my husband) that I was not the type of woman who would cry to get out of a ticket.
And he's right.
I wouldn't (and haven't) cried to get out of a speeding ticket. To my mind, if I was speeding (or I ran a stop sign), I will own up to it. Some would argue, in a flawed system, I should take every advantage I can get. And yes, it is a flawed system. But things have changed (quite a bit) for women. And it's legal for us to drive (unlike some places in the world). And despite all of that, it's quite possible that I would still get the ticket, despite the waterworks.
The observation was an amusing anecdote. It's always interesting to find out what other people think of you - if they're picking up on the messages you're sending (or misreading them). Nevertheless, I took it as a compliment, because it's true.
I expect equal treatment and consideration, and I'm not about to tap into the patriarchy/ "Fascinating Womanhood" if it will limit my choices or the choices of other women.