It seems Europe’s highest court says it is.
I’ve been the lone voice in the dark for years arguing that it’s unfair that a man is tattooed from birth as a higher risk by auto insurance companies and life insurance companies alike, and are stuck with higher insurance rates. Nothing a man ever does, especially during his youth, can get this mark of the beast taken off his forehead. This gender penalty can add up to a whole lot of extra money over the course of his lifetime - more or less depending on where you’re at, of course. Just because you were unlucky enough to be born a male. For women, on the other hand, they have traditionally suffered a heavy gender penalty in America when it comes to health insurance - and this accumulates a lifetime of monetary penalties for women.
The logic defending this kind of sexist discrimination also justifies discrimination based on race. Of course if there’s a logical difference between charging different rates based on race vs gender, please feel free to discuss that, too. The truth is, you can conjure up statistics showing that non-whites are worse drivers than whites on average, too.
I fully expect such a ruling to raise men’s health insurance rates and women’s auto rates - it may or may not result in a bigger loss for men as rates equalize in Europe, but hey, equality is equality, and IMO it’s about time this ruling happened.
Should we here in America have a ruling like this? I strongly believe so.