I just read the mail bag answer to the question of what Jake Brakes are and why they are banned in some areas. I have no problem with the answer; it’s correct and informative, as the Straight Dope usually is. The quarrel I have is with a line in the explaination that uses the pronoun “she” to refer to a truck driver.
Come on, give me a brake (Ha ha). The great majority of truck drivers are men. That’s just a fact. Obviously, I’m not one for P.C. phrases. Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for people doing what they want to do no matter what race or gender they be. I do like bigotry or sexism. Just the same, I do not want to live in a society where police men have become police officers but garbage men are still garbage men. Or, to raise an even bigger issue, if God is a woman does that mean Satan is one also? Boosting self esteem by equating yourself with everything good and cutting down others is in the end fruitless. Again, let me say I am for equality and letting everyone live as they want to. Hell, I’m a Libertarian. But if you want to go around and use your race or gender as leverage in any situation, and that includes white males, I would tell you to go pound sand. Yes, I am overreacting, but hey - isn’t that what the internet seems to be all about? Oh well, just thought I’d get my two cents in (where does that come from, huh?). Sluggo
Mailbag Article is: What are jake brakes?
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