Men and Cars


What's the sociocultural deal with men and cars? Cristen and Caroline take a drive through the gendered history of car advertising, early electric cars for women and why guys are still behind the wheel more often.

Episode sources:

"More women drivers than men on U.S. roads now" by Joan Lowy. Nov. 12, 2012. USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2012/11/12/women-drivers-men-licenses-roads/1700185/

"Are Women Being Taken For a Ride?" Jan. 11, 2010. Freakonomics. http://freakonomics.com/2010/01/11/are-women-being-taken-for-a-ride/

"Do Women Take the Backseat to Men? by Eric A. Morris. Feb. 24, 2010. Freakonomis. http://freakonomics.com/2010/02/24/do-women-take-the-backseat-to-men/

"Employed persons by detailed occupations, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latin ethnicity." 2013. Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.pdf

"STUDY: Men can't help but enjoy fast cars - it's that testosterone thing again" by Jonny Lieberman. Oct. 15, 2009. Autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/15/study-men-cant-help-but-enjoy-fast-cars-its-that-testostero/

"Why Men Love Cars" by Derek Mead. April 06, 2012. Vice. http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/why-men-love-cars

"Are Men Better Drivers Than Women" by Lee Dye. June 15, 2011. ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/battle-sexes-men-drivers-women-dyehard-science/story?id=13841063&page=2

"For Women Who Drive, the Stereotype Hits Hard" by Anemona Hartocollis. Aug. 17, 2010. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/18/nyregion/18drivers.html?_r=0

"Men v. Women: Who Are Safer Drivers?" by Jerry Edgerton. Oct. 11, 2011. CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/men-vs-women-who-are-safer-drivers/

Academic insights:

"Gender and the Automobile in the United States" by Margaret Walsh. Automobile in American Life and Society. http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Gender/Walsh/G_Overview2.htm

"Femininity and the Electric Car" by Virginia Scharff. Automobile in American Life and Society. http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Gender/Scharff/G_casestudy1.htm

"The Automobile and Gender: An Historical Perspective" by Martin Wachs. Women's Travel Issues. 1996. University of California, Berkely. https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/womens/chap6.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: men, cars, automobiles, transportation, stereotypes, best of 2014 men