Her Feminism Got A Flat

| CT, USA | Friendly | May 21, 2017

(My much younger male coworker’s car died in the parking lot when he left his lights on, so I pulled my roadside kit out of the trunk and I’m teaching him how to jump it safely. We are talking about car maintenance and I’m showing him things in my roadside kit while we wait for the battery to charge up.)

Me: “So I got my oil changed last week, and they shooed me out the door because I was the last appointment of the day and locked up and went home while I was paying at the desk — and my low tire pressure light went on.”

Coworker: “You went to [Place]? They always check the tires; that’s just standard.”

Me: “Well, they they did, and the guy was telling me that I needed nitrogen in my tires and I needed special air.”

Coworker: “That’s… not a thing.”

Me: “Yeah, so he’s telling me about nitrogen for my tires but I’d have to go to a special shop to get nitrogen for my tires, and I told him ‘ok, well, that pump you have RIGHT THERE on the wall will fill them with like 70% nitrogen, so just use that.’ And he said ‘nah, that’s just regular air, ma’am, there’s no nitrogen in it.’ I’m not going to sit there and explain to this guy how the earth’s atmosphere works so I just said screw it and I left.”

Coworker: “So they flattened your tires?”

Me: “The light went on as I pulled into the grocery store. I kicked them a bit and they seemed fine enough to get me home, so I figured I’d take it home and have my husband fill it with the pump in the garage. Then I got out of the store the tires were NOTICEABLY flatter. So I went to the gas station to do it because there’s no way I was going to make it home on that, but I couldn’t figure out how their pump worked. Some guy helped me.”

Coworker: “You know how to jump a car and how to change a headlight, but not how to fill the tires? What kind of moron doesn’t know how to fill their own tires?”

Me: “I do know how to fill my tires; I stand at the pump and look cute until someone does it for me.”

Coworker: “I thought you were a feminist.”

Me: “Well, I didn’t say I was a good feminist.”

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  • Taco

    “Feminism”….. I don’t trust feminists, they seem to do things that are exactly what they sey they don’t want women to be known for…. Although feminists are hypocrites, i know nice femimists… So good.

    • Pisces

      Actually most are not. Unfortunately feminazis (the ones who are Hippocrates or who believe women are superior to men) and people who confuse feminism for feminnazism are the most vocal so feminism unfortunately has gotten a bad rap. Also this woman sounds like she’s joking.

      • Taco

        I know, i know good feminists, but it is kinda ridiculous that some feminists (feminazis, sorry) claim that men are sexist because of some things that are stupid. Also i hate how feminazis say “we can wear anything we want” (agree) but then go off on men who wear something that has a women portrayed on it.

        • Pisces

          Then it seems unfair to group feminists with feminazis.

          • Taco

            I have a tendency to say feminists instead of femenazi, not really grouping. Them, sorry it seemed like it

          • Pisces

            Alright sorry for the confusion, but I suggest avoiding calling feminazis feminists and vice versa. Calling feminists feminazis is insulting and calling feminazis feminists gives them underserved credence and ruins the feminist movement

          • Taco

            Ok, I will remember that in the future. Although i will say that the feminist government (forgot her name) is a bit… Of a hypocrite?

          • Pisces

            Um Hilary Clinton? Is that who you were taking about?

    • Liz Pompa

      If someone calls themselves a feminist, but acts hypocritical, don’t be afraid to call them out on it. Feminism isn’t a bad thing, but of course some people just HAVE to be jerks and ruin it for everyone.

  • Cathy Wurster Voshell

    I’m not an expert or anything, but nitrogen in tires IS a “thing.”

    Google says: First is that nitrogen is less likely to migrate through tire rubber than is oxygen, which means that your tire pressures will remain more stable over the long term. Racers figured out pretty quickly that tires filled with nitrogen rather than air also exhibit less pressure change with temperature swings.

    • RallyLock

      I had posted this under the old Facebook commenting system, but I guess these sites decided not to keep those old comments. Most asphalt-based racing series (i.e. NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1, various Touring Car championships, or GT/Prototype endurance racing) around the world do use pure nitrogen because it doesn’t react to heat the same way “normal” air does. Between the friction of the tire rolling along the road, and the heat that builds up in the brake discs, race cars build up MASSIVE levels of heat very close to and within the tire, so for safety purposes, nitrogen is used.

  • Catlin Mills

    Not a good feminist, and not a good car owner. Nitrogen tires are totally a thing, though you buy them to be that at the dealership or tire store.

  • Mad Hatter

    Why were the tires leaking?

    • Trappp

      They weren’t leaking. There were four dimensional anomalies precisely located within the torus of each tire allowing the air to be teleported to Arrakis as part of the planetary rejuvenation project. Remember? Back in the 33rd century, people would allow them to be installed in unused vehicular space to assist with hydrollizing sandworm-infested desert planets. Obviously, this car belongs to a fellow time-traveler.

      Muad Dib for ruler in 98!

      • Mad Hatter

        Welll, bless the maker and his water! Finally a reply that makes sense.

        • Trappp

          I seriously miss this…

  • Sionyx

    Nitrogen in tires is a thing, but the way the mechanic was selling it screamed “We get a cut if we send someone to this place!” I’d’ve been hesitant, too. If the tire pressure’s good, I’d at least do some research about nitrogen in my tires instead of just going ahead on what may well be an optional perk for the car.

    And there’s nothing wrong with being a feminist and accepting help.

  • Pisces

    Man unlike her I would have loved to explain the composition of Earth’s atmosphere. Unfortunately I don’t have the percentages memorized.

  • Codenwarra

    Atmosphere contains 78.1% nitrogen and 0.94% argon. Nitrogen might be a good idea for race cars (I doubt it but let that pass) but for road cars it’s a waste of money.