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According to some experts, this gender divide isn’t a random occurrence. Rather, it likely stems from women’s possible subconscious need to break free of society’s expectations (well … of course).
In case your eyes just glazed over like Krispy Kremes, let’s rephrase in plain English. Essentially, they’re saying women might feel forced into a nurturing, non-aggressive role in public. This can result in pent-up frustration — frustration that comes out behind the anonymity of the wheel.
I noted a somewhat similar explanation from the guy who serves as Fox News’ Dr. Drew:
Psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow suggests that a possible reason for the split between the sexes is that “women may be less in touch overtly with their aggression and, therefore, more vulnerable to it being tapped by circumstances on the road.” He adds that the feeling of anonymity people get behind the wheel may lead them to lower their inhibitions and allow them to stray from their otherwise polite or nurturing nature.
Jezzie can turn it into some sort of boo-hoo victimization if they want, but the more ridiculous part of these explanations is that they are drawing great, sweeping conclusions about gender behavior based upon responses to an online survey. A survey, mind you, which finds a very narrow difference between the sexes in terms of perceived road rage.
In the same way that you’ll hear a woman say “I’m such a bitch” or “God, I’m so mean” when they are actually behaving pretty mildly, or in the same way that a man might tell someone who accuses him of being mad that he isn’t actually mad (“you ain’t seen me mad yet,” as my dad has often said), this online survey is measuring a subjective opinion of what constitutes road rage. I’m just going off of anecdote – more men get more pissed behind the wheel than do women.