Women: What Are You Doing?

9 Jun

June 9, 2018

Recently, I was with my Mom and we were taking car service downtown. Mom takes this particular car service a lot. she knows the drivers and they know her. She’s a regular. On this particular day we were sitting in the back and as we approached the destination she leaned over to me and handed me the money for the driver. She wanted me to give it to him. (I’m sure you’re wondering why I didn’t pay for the trip. Simple. Mom wouldn’t let me.)

I have no idea why she wanted me to give it to the driver when she takes this car service all the time and pays herself. I started to ask her why but she said “because I said so,” which is good enough for me coming from Mom.

But this isn’t the first time. It’s not a unique phenomena that woman- independent, strong women- defer to a man when it comes time to handle money. I’m not talking about paying, I mean literally holding and handing money to someone.

Longtime readers of this blog, at least those who admit to reading this blog, may recall a trip I made back in my teaching days as a chaperone to a bus load of kids touring colleges around Boston. It was led by a very strong-willed female teacher. She set it up, arranged the bus, made hotel reservations, etc. Yet at the end of the trip when it came time to tip the bus driver, she handed me the money to give the driver. Why? She had been dealing with him all along, giving directions, etc. But when it came to handing him some money, this strong and in charge woman decided a man should do it.

Slightly more recently, when I worked at the Company I Am still not allowed to name, I went on a corporate trip with my group to Delaware. It was a miserable trip and you can read about it here. The highlight was the view from my hotel, which was a swamp. We got on a shuttle bus, me sitting behind the driver, one of the group sitting next to me, the boss behind me, the other group member behind her. I was not paying any attention at all until this happened:

When the driver asked where we were from, my boss literally kicked the back of my seat and said “answer him.” I had to ask him to repeat the question since I had totally zoned out as soon as I got on the shuttle, day dreaming about ditching all responsibility and going the heck home.


Again, when it came time to deal with a man, my boss, a woman who was not afraid to yell and kick my seat, deferred to a man to answer a question. I wasn’t the spokesman of the group at any other time, before or since, and other than a mumbled “hey” I hadn’t had any interaction with the driver. But when it came time to make small talk, somehow my boss, rather than answer him herself, wanted me to do it. Did I mention I was the only man in the group?

Why? Is this some sort of reverse chivalry? Do they think they are doing me a favor by having me do the stereotypically male things, like tipping and dealing with directions? Is there a kind of reverse feminism at work? I really don’t understand. So ladies, I ask you- what is this odd behavior all about? Is this a throwback to the attitude of some things are men’s work? Is this a set back for feminism? Or is this just the way things are? 


6 Responses to “Women: What Are You Doing?”

  1. Matt Cowan June 9, 2018 at 12:15 am #

    My wife always has me pay the bill at any restaurant we eat at, even though we each have a shared credit card and she’s the one who always figures out what the tip should be. I have no explaination for it, just observations.


    • bmj2k June 10, 2018 at 12:29 am #

      No matter which of us pays my wife determines the tip. We realized long ago that she thinks I overtip, and I probably do, though not as badly, as she thinks. I know she undertips, though sometimes it is deserved. We used to fight over tips. She takes it more seriously than I do so I defer to her now.

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      • Matt Cowan June 10, 2018 at 12:34 am #

        My wife is finance director for her job, and she worked as a restaurant server while going through college, so I figure she should know what is the correct amount. For the record, she tends to tip more than I do.

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  2. Mac of BIOnighT June 10, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    In all honesty, I stopped trying to understand women a long time ago… it’s like trying to understand the wind or the rain: it just happens, that’s it.


    • bmj2k June 11, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

      I understand my wife. Don’t always comprehend, but I understand.


      • Mac of BIOnighT June 11, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

        In that case, you’re a lucky man (but I just had to look at her eyes in the pictures to figure that out 😉 )

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