I was in the waiting area of a car service station and the mechanic was telling a lady that another service station had ripped her off! They hadn't performed the work she paid for and she didn't know it. I've never heard a woman say she hated being a woman! I had to ask her why does she feel this way. The lady replied, "It's so hard being a woman! This world is ran by men for men! Men are always taking advantage of women when they're alone." I understand how she felt. Working in a male dominated field you're use to men being in charge but you can't let that stop you. Her feelings were valid; that's her experience. I wish I could've changed her perspective. But in that moment she just needed someone to hear her.
Negotiating and working with men can be difficult. I'm not saying there aren't men that will try to take advantage of you. The best thing to do is to educate youself as much as you can before you make a purchase. Utilize the search engines like Google or Bing. Watch youtube videos to see demonstrations of of what you need done. You can also have a male friend or relative go with you to the mechanic, auto dealership, etc. to help negotiate deals and review charges. I know I fully capable of negotiating and gathering information on what I need. But if taking a man with me will give me an advantage, I will.
This post was hard to write. By no means am I a male basher! I want to talk about "real" issues that women go through every day! My goal is not to be "independent" but "interdependent". We all need each other!