By Robert Farago
The Truth About Cars Blog
July 10th, 2006 3,630 Views I’m not a big fan of segregation. Obviously, US car culture splits into distinct niches: hot rodders, low-riders, urban gangstas, tuners, etc. Equally obvious, these niches attract adherents from specific ethnic groups. But just as communities throughout my home state meet down at the markets as they root around for fresh ingredients for their ethnic cuisine, there is an element of respect and inter-mingling between these petrol-powered fraternities. Anyway, I don’t get the male - female automotive divide. I seriously doubt that there’s a female automotive perspective– even when it comes to child safety and minivanning. So when I saw a press release about a new female-oriented automotive website, I decided to do what it said on the tin: ask Patty. Turns out “Patty” is a male invention and the company producing the website makes its money sensitizing dealers to “women’s needs.” I quizzed Jody Devere, President of www.askpatty.com, about the statistical justification for the segregation.